New Reveille’s distinctive talents find common ground in traditions that stretch back to and beyond early America. On that foundation, they build a unique sound that encompasses the virtues of music that came before and the promise of what it might yet become. Amy Kamm dances deftly on lead vocals between artful interpretive solo parts and three-part female harmonies that somehow soar, caress, and electrify all at once. Daniel Cook (banjo/guitar) and George Hage (guitar) avoid flashy patterns, and instead hearken back to a pre-bluegrass era. Kaitlin Grady on cello, adds a classical element, while blending with Autumn Brand on violin to create mini-orchestral textures and melodies. The songs vary. Lyrics conjure ominous visions and premonitions. Songs are more narrative. They feel personal but also literary, like some sadness from the past preserved in the poetry of song. Their music resonates and grows with each new hearing.
“Hounds,” New Reveille’s first single and video, which will go to radio at the end of July, addresses karma, and how one’s past eventually converges with the present. The title track, “The Keep” was inspired by Amy Kamm’s experience working as a nurse at a prison.