Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Julia Easterlin just released a full-length debut record as Hite, a newly introduced solo project that focuses on lush productions and deceptively simple acoustic arrangements. The new moniker follows Julia’s collaboration with famed Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, which produced the 2015 album Touristes.
On Hite’s debut LP, Light of a strange day, Julia Easterlin lays bare her childhood love for Appalachian folk alongside more forward-thinking pop impressionists like Bjork. The record’s ten tracks are warm, moving efforts that make it a consistently wonderful experience. Generally maintaining a hushed, restrained flow, Easterlin includes a few surprises on Light like the fumbling electro-jazz flurry of “Miss You” or “Hattnaru”‘s power pop orchestrations.
We’re most stoked to share “Nocturne,” our first impression of the record suggested by Brooklyn singer-songwriter and producer Jake Sherman. It’s a gentle, inconspicuous tune that ultimately expands with a strong sense of sophistication and grace, vaguely reminiscent to some of Feist‘s more nebulous tracks.
Listen to Light of a strange day below.