Close your eyes and picture yourself in a silent, black and white film. To your right is the Eiffel Tower, to your left the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and in front of you is either an unraveling romance or a nail biting chase scene. Quebecois harmonica quartet D’Harmo captivates listeners from the very first song of their self-titled debut album, pulling images from the mind and pairing them with breezy harmonics.
The quartet begins and ends the album with fast-paced numbers, Grand theft Stutinki and Chassidl Pour Les Batards, and throughoutcombine faster breathing techniques and quick stopping to develop a sound that accompanies the image of most comedic chase scenes shown in the earlier days of film.
Then the band slows things down with long and steady breaths in songs like Pat Burns and Anshei Brzezan Nign. Creating a composed and content atmosphere, these pieces embody the image romance and nostalgia.
D’Harmo is an exceptional album and, though likely unlike anything else you’ve heard before, a seemingly great introduction to harmonic(a) instrumental music. Check them out Aug. 10 at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in Bowring Park.