In the midst of all of the chaos going on in the world, we turn to music to soothe our minds. Luckily, three of those soothing voices play in a band together. The Wild Reeds are made up of Mackenzie Howe, Kinsey Lee, and Sharon Silva. Aided by a widely-shared Tiny Desk Concert in 2013, the trio (backed up by a drummer and bassist) have broken out since their 2014 debut, thanks in part to a widely-shared 2015 NPR Tiny Desk Concert with almost 700,000 views and counting. With their latest album, The World We Built, they continue to put out confident songs for our uncertain world to hear and sing their hearts out to, including at their recent show at Rock & Roll Hotel.
Style and substance echo better-known pal Sharon Van Etten
Why You Should Care:
Bare, stripped down and yet powerfully emotional, “Owl” puts Jessica Larrabee in the same genre as guest vocalist Sharon Van Etten. There’s no hiding the ache in Jessica’s voice, and paired with a simple mournful horn, the song is both compelling and lethargic, like a gray hung-over day, when memories of the night before shake you as palpable regrets, but movement, or escape, is impossible.