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Second Stage: Hope For Agoldensummer

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Second Stage: Hope For Agoldensummer

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Second Stage: Hope For Agoldensummer

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It's not very often that a young, up-and-coming band produces a fully developed, 17-track album. But the Athens, Georgia group Hope For Agoldensummer is wonderfully prolific. The band's members have produced a live album, two full-lengths, and they're now mixing a third. Their most recent LP, the lovely, meandering Ariadne Thread, plods effortlessly through 17 songs that are all extremely headphone-friendly. The album is mixed deliberately and tastefully, creating a beautifully layered sonic experience.

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Page Campbell, Claire Campbell, and Suny Lyons (photo credit: Dan Donahue)

Sisters Claire & Page Campbell make up the nucleus of the band, providing most of the songwriting and vocals. "Threads" is a gem held back for the second-to-last spot on the album. The lonely theremin intro and strummed guitars might fool you into expecting another simple folk song, but Hope For Agoldensummer has a knack for crafting gorgeous and often complex refrains, supported by utterly captivating arrangements.

When it comes down to it, the lilting, alto voices of the Campbell sisters bolster Hope For Agoldensummer's sincere folk aesthetic. The group can craft folk songs that are truly unique and compelling, which can't be said for so many bands, in a genre that so often produces formulaic, one-dimensional tunes. Keep an eye out for the band's forthcoming album. In the meantime, check out what its up to on its Web site.

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