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Violet Bell


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    Honey in My Heart
  2. 2.
    Elephant Heart - Rissi Palmer, Shana Tucker
  3. 3.
    Dream the Wheel
  4. 4.
    Summer Skin
  5. 5.
    Dear One
As two humans navigating life together, Ross and Ruiz-Lopez are present; the only moment is now and the only location is here.
As a band, as North Carolina progressive folk duo Violet Bell, they are present; a recording is not expected to be the platonic ideal, the authoritative version of a song, but just one brief window of its lifetime. And that sense of letting go and leaning in, of accepting that spirit and heart count far more than the myth of the perfect take, is central to Violet Bell's debut LP, Honey in My Heart.
"When you're standing on the edge of fear and you have that deep desire to control… I think it is ego stuff, because the ego is the one that gets scared," says Ross, "if we let the songs lead the way we’ll come out with music that feels alive."
Accordingly, Honey in My Heart is vibrant, full of ebbing and flowing emotion; full of passion, fear, hope, angst, frustration, humor — all the messy emotions comprising the worthwhile chaos of the human experience. Stylistically, the songs take familiar Americana textures and bend them in surprising directions. The album draws from all over the spectrum, ranging from folky psychedelia to subtle jazz and experimental indie-pop. Honey in My Heart is what happens when two musicians at the top of their craft share the same sandbox.
Honey in My Heart was recorded largely live. "We didn't do any scratch tracks," Ross says, “Once we got into the room together, it felt so good. The songs are just what came out.”


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