Jo Harman’s evocative voice, and compelling stage-craft, has already seen her dubbed one of the most exciting singers of a generation. Now she brings her blues to a wider audience through the release of a double A side single Heartstring/Sweet Man Moses (on Big Chill Label) available later this month. The single launch is on 26th Feb at The Jazz Cafe – London.
But it’s Jo’s voice that clarifies the whole piece – airily lifting the melody so that it spreads gently – and even starts to float like cotton fibre blowing in the morning air.
This is a song full of buttermilk evocations and seductive moonshine vocals.
‘Sweet Man Moses’ is moody and generously muggy.
A wispy organ runs along the edges of the tune, whilst a simple piano accompanies the faltering voice that is still tormented by the challenge of forgiveness.
The pace steps as slowly as a funeral procession – but is as generous as an unexpected smile from a stranger.
This is an intense song, majestic and reflective, and full of private praise and the triumph of love over grief.
Check out Jo Harman here: http://joharman.com/
Words & Images © Neil Mach