Hite is the debut of a new band for Georgia native Julia Easterlin and it’s just as intriguing as her earlier efforts (most notably her work with guitarist Vieux Farka Toure). This new project is a step away from her loop-heavy previous work. This collection finds her powerful voice floating above a quiet trance-like soundtrack for a strikingly powerful affect.
The songs are all played on acoustic instruments, with strings coming out on most of the tracks here, a big step away from her more pop/computer-heavy earlier work. While it’s hard to highlight specific songs, as the album as a whole is impressive, you can’t ignore a song as achingly beautiful as the quiet build-up of “Old Crow” or a hypnotic track like “Hattnaru.”
Easterlin had a good thing going with her collaboration with Toure, hitting number one on the iTunes World Music category, so it’s that much more impressive that she would start from scratch with Hite. Pretty glad she did though.