Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith
You might think of Simon & Garfunkel when you first hear Cricket Blue, or of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. But their music is equally evocative of literary voices: Alice Munro. Dylan Thomas. Flannery O’Connor. Even a touch of Edward Gorey. Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith are musicians, sure, but they're storytellers too. The eleven songs on their debut album Serotinalia feature a cast of characters right out of a short story collection. A listless grocery store clerk. A woman obsessed with her milkman. A harvest deity who is ritually murdered every fall. Oh, and a pair of scissors.
Cricket Blue's dense, often dark narratives are delivered with some catchy hooks. Listeners have lauded their songs “an astonishing mix of original lyrics and arrangements that rewards the casual listener, as well as those who choose to lean forward and roll them around like great pieces of literature and composition” and an "unlikely combination of the gothic, the literary, and the hummable."
"Master storytellers" - NPR "Sets a new standard for fiction folk" - The All Scene Eye
"Subtle magic" - Atwood Magazine "Their songs on indecision, love and perseverance seem timeless" -Paste