New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Nashville band Humming House released today their third full-length album Companion via Soundly Music. The follow-up to 2015's Revelries, the new album finds the Music
City quartet expanding their sound into a new territory, creating sonic landscapes that remain compelling and honest while still maintaining a sense of intimacy that is derived from their roots of making music as friends all together in the same room. Companion is available everywhere for stream or purchase via Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and more HERE.
"Companion is our third studio album and a redefinition of the Humming House sound," frontman Justin Wade Tam told American Songwriter who featured a special preview of the full album yesterday. "Our goal was to embrace where we've been as a band while simultaneously attempting to remove the barriers of genre and instrumentation. On our last album, we set out to arrange pop songs with solely acoustic instruments. While we enjoyed the exercise and are proud of it, we wanted to dive deeper."
"The album's 12 tracks seek to be just as the LP's title suggests: musical companions for trying times," continued American Songwriter. "Thematically, many of the songs on Companion achieve a sense of universality by daring to venture into the deeply personal."
The story of Companion mirrors the story of the band: it's one of collaboration, experimentation, and showing up for each other over and again. There are songs of hope and of desperation so that the prevailing mood is one of exchange and balance. While their established acoustic sound still centers the creative impulses of the songs, the added electric influence and expanded instrumentation imbue the new songs with a dynamism that is irresistible.
The lead single "Takin' Over" was the first taste of the record to be released back in July; Baeble warned listeners "Beware, it's wildly infectious" and Billboard called it "a lively jaunt of a tune" with "infectious ebullience." It was followed by the album's title track paired with a heartwarming crowd-sourced video. It debuted on Huffington Post who raved "Humming House, consistently shining as an energetic band filled with uplifting, infectious tunes, up the ante on Companion." Glide Magazine also recently stated "Over years of touring, the group has managed to craft a sound that is incredibly tight but also unbelievably catchy."
The first half of the album is infused with catchy indie/rock, especially on songs such as "Can't Stay Away," "Takin' Over," and "Make It Through." These new songs adhere to Humming House's desire to move you and is emblematic of those moments in our lives where the rhythm of the things that we love - music, friends, family - commandeer our bodies until we're compelled to move in joy. "Sign Me Up" and "Companion" nod to Paul Simon, while later tracks like "Silver Lining," "Find What Waits," and "London
" gesture to the band's long engagement with classical composition and songwriter-driven melodies so strong in the realm of Americana.
Humming House is Justin Wade Tam, Bobby
Chase, Joshua Wolak, and Benjamin
Jones. The band formed organically out of jam sessions that Tam held in his living room in East Nashville - evidence that some of the best projects come from spontaneous collaboration and the subsequent seeing it through. Now, three albums and six years later, Humming House continues to embody what is best about the Nashville each transplant chooses to call home.
02) Takin' Over
03) Hope In My Head
04) Make It Through
05) Sign Me Up
06) Can't Stay Away
09) I Want It All
10) Fall In The Water
11) Wishing Well
12) Find What Waits
10/10 - Little
Rock, AR @ South on Main*
10/11 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music
10/12 - San Antonio, TX @ Sam's Burger Joint*
10/13 - Arlington, TX @ Levitt Pavilion*
10/14 - Oklahoma, City @ The Blue Door*
10/15 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room*
10/17 - Davenport, IA @ The Raccoon Motel*
10/18 - Evanston, IL @ SPACE*
10/19 - St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room*
10/20 - Columbus, OH @ Woodland Tavern*
10/21 - Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie's*
10/31 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe*
11/01 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East*
11/02 - Lewiston, ME @ Bates College*
11/03 - Brownfield, ME @ The Stone Mountain Arts Center
11/04 - Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome*
11/05 - Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy*
11/07 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge*
11/08 - Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java*
11/09 - Charlotte, NC @ The Visualite Theatre*
11/10 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
11/16 - Athens, GA @ The Foundry*
11/17 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl*
11/18 - Birmingham, AL @ Wordplay Theatre*
* w/ Becca Mancari