A Hawk and a Hacksaw Release New Album “Cervantine”

Image courtesy of A Hawk and a Hacksaw

We like to keep a close watch on the world of gypsy music here at Timber & Steel. The meeting places between the genre and others such as folk, pop, jazz, rock and experimental have seen some of the most exciting and spectacular developments in the world of music in the last few years. Although A Hawk and a Hacksaw haven’t exactly lead the charge on this frontier, none have shone in quite the same peculiar fashion as they.

The two piece, consisting of accordionist Jeremy Barnes (formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel) and violinist Heather Trost, compose often simple, often complex, traditional, eastern-European folk music that is, for the most part, instrumental. They’ve been releasing music in this vein for the best part of 10 years, and now with the February release of Cervantine under their belts, they have 5 full length albums to their name. It’s easy to compare their music to that of Beirut, but they do differ in a few key areas. A Hawk and a Hacksaw make instrumental music, which you might as easily take as a con, when it’s probably more suitably taken as a pro, or neutrally, at worst. They are able to explore the genre in intricacies that Beirut can only dream of, and, although hailing from New Mexico, sound so genuinely authentic that their overall perception as an “indie” band seems ill-fitting and, however pleasingly so, misguided.

You may or may not be interested in purchasing the new album here, but make sure you watch the videos below. There’s a clip of them playing their sorrowful brand of Balkan folk on the streets of Paris for La Blogotheque, and the new video for the title track “Cervantine”. Something old, something new, a sound that’s borrowed, a sound that’s blue.

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