Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Regina Hexaphone

I have had notes for a post on Regina Hexaphone cued up for almost as long as the Oak Room has been in existence. This was one of the first Triangle bands that I explored, and they are still one of my favorites.

They've been around for a while (since 1997 in some form), but didn't release an album until last year's Beautiful World. It's a quiet, folk-inflected collection of songs led by Sara Bell's lovely vocals. Margaret White's violin adds quite a lot to the broad, pastoral sound, and the Hex are joined by various guests including Polvo's Ash Bowie and Chris Eubanks, with whom Bell plays in Shark Quest. White's departure for New York has left a hole in the lineups of both Regina Hexaphone and North Elementary, sadly. After a bit of regrouping, they've been playing locally fairly often lately, so I'm hoping to be able to catch them sometime soon.

MP3: "Radiate"
MP3: "Move"
MP3: "Bright Falling Stars" (aka "The Happy Waltz"?)

(from The Beautiful World, Erie Recordings 2004. Buy it here or download it here.


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