Harriet Riley & Alex Garden’s debut album presents a novel, hypnotic dialogue between a highly unusual pairing of instruments. Inspired by arcane single-word track titles, obscure definitions are presented to guide the listener’s attention through twelve original compositions, taking in trad folk, minimalism and jazz along the way. The album was recorded in Bristol during the summer of 2020 and released in November of the same year. Their February 2022 tour features special guest Stevie Toddler on double-bass, promising to transfix audiences far and wide with their captivating new sound-world.
A union of fiddle and vibraphone, they infuse folk tune composition with a mutual enthusiasm for minimalism and extended harmony, incorporating improvisation and unusual playing techniques. The duo formed in 2018 after meeting through Live Music Now, a charity which works with a very diverse range of people that rarely have the opportunity to experience live music.
Harriet & Alex hope to launch their second album ‘Sonder II’ just ahead of their February 2021 tour – featuring cover artwork by Bristol based artist Jessie Woodward.
“A stunning mix of dreamlike atmospheres and mesmerising energy, a bridge between different genres and one of the most adventurous albums in recent years.”
Bright Young Folk