TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 8, 2019 - Just in time for Valentine's Day, Canadian duo Harrow Fair (Miranda Mulholland & Andrew Penner) release their new song, "I Just Wanna”. This song is a catchy commentary about growing up with an analog childhood and digital adulthood. Love letters versus Tinder. Phone calls versus texts. The throwback chorus is a reference to when sex wasn't allowed to be alluded to in songs except with made-up words like Shoop and Shamalama. The accompanying video premiered on Americana UK yesterday. Watch here, and read all about the making of the video below. The band will be heading to Folk Alliance International in Montreal next week, and are currently working on their sophomore album.
Mulholland shared this behind the scenes commentary on the making of the stop motion puppet video:
"I was halfway through a second glass of wine with my friend Samantha who was showing me the felt puppets she made for her little relatives for Christmas. "Could you make puppets of Andrew and me?", I asked. "I'm going to make a stop action animation video!"
I had done one once with plasticine and my family camcorder many years ago. It must be easier now, right? Well, just like looking for love on the internet, it is easier, and also harder.
I downloaded an app and also a 20 hour audiobook (Becoming by Michelle Obama - five stars by the way!) and began.
Lots of trial and error, stiff limbs, awkward positions, and wasted painstaking movements because of lighting inconsistencies. I almost gave up a few times to be honest, but then, it was something! I'm not going to go overboard and say it's a masterpiece, but I think it captures the fun spirit of the song.
Also - when you set out to do something - like find love on the internet or make a stop action animation video with puppets...it may feel daunting, impossible even, but you might just come out of it with something you love."
Behind The Scenes Making Of "I Just Wanna" Video
PRAISE FOR HARROW FAIR
"It’s the balance of crunching guitar and unsettling percussion coupled with edgy fiddle tunes that forms the musical palette for Call to Arms…. As debut’s go this is darn near to perfect" - Rating 9/10 - Americana UK
“…a heavenly excursion into soulful country. Their impassioned, touching interpretation of Hank Williams' "Told a Lie to My Heart" is just bewitching” - John Doyle, Globe and Mail
"But whether gentle and plaintive or upfront and thrusting, the duo’s vocals have a feeling of being right there on the emotional edge, where the outcome could easily go either way (or else break down completely) – and that quality sure is tremendously exciting" - Folk Radio UK
"Call to Arms, the Canadian duo’s record debut, spoons out doses of rock, roots, Southern charm and just about everything else along the way” - Elmore Magazine
“There’s something a little eerie about Harrow Fair, a she-he duo of excellent pedigree. Theirs is a brand of mountain music, moonlit and minimalist, heard from a distance. There once came a time to pay the fiddler, but someone forgot, and now Harrow Fair is collecting on the debt.” -Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail
“…theirs is a match that can pull out all the stops (heck, they wring 'em out, every last one)” -Chris Young, Toronto Star
"Call to Arms is experimental Americana" - Music Riot UK
"masterpieces of delicacy and haunting gorgeousness which demonstrate how peerless and symbiotic is the duo’s rapport and how skilled is their acute blending of voices and textures" - Folk Radio UK
"Canadian duo defy genres and logic" - Maximum Volume Music
What’s The Story About Harrow Fair?
Harrow Fair is Miranda Mulholland (formerly of Great Lake Swimmers) & Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players). One part stomping songs that echo early country and rock n roll. The other gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. This duo’s evocative and rapidly expanding collection of songs, such as "Hangnail", "The Hunt" and "Told A Lie To My Heart", are utterly foreign, oddly familiar and deeply gratifying. In 2017 the band spent a little time at their favourite studio, Toronto's Revolution Recording, capturing three covers live off the floor - putting the Harrow Fair twist and spin on Chris Isaak's iconic song "Wicked Game", Memphis Minnie's "When The Levee Breaks" (also made famous by Led Zeppelin), and The Rankin Family's Juno award-winning single "Fare Thee Well Love". The group has captured audiences from the UK, Sixthman's RockBoat with The Trews, Red Wanting Blue and Better Than Ezra, Waterstock, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Kingsville Folk Festival, Sawdust City Music Festival, Jackson Triggs Amphitheatre, and Folk Alliance International. Debut full-length album Call To Arms is out now.