Minneapolis-based Her Crooked Heart presents a debut record unique in form, made up of cyclical narratives and intertwining histories, each informing the next. To Love To Leave To Live is a transformative song cycle, led by a charismatic personality, wholly indifferent to expectations of genre and instrumentation.
Rachel Ries, the writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer behind Her Crooked Heart, has enlisted a powerful group of women to bring this record to the stage; women who can, in their way, take on the feminine, humanist mantle of Her Crooked Heart and make it their own. The quartet blends classical and electric guitar; piano and vintage synths; cello, woodwinds and drum triggers. This merging of acoustic and synthetic is all in service of the voice: four part vocal harmonies that shift from ethereal to an elemental wail, always telling a story of transformation.