Bio: These Open Roads is the full-length debut from singer-songwriter Haroula Rose. It was produced by Andy Lemaster (Bright Eyes, The Good Life, Now It’s Overhead, REM, Azure Ray, Conor Oberst) recorded in Athens, GA at Chase Park Transduction Studio and in Andy’s living room.
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“The feathery tones of Haroula Rose’s debut album, “These Open Roads,” are pretty enough to cause suspicion. Underneath her gentle finger-picked guitar and girlish but graceful voice, does this L.A.-based singer-songwriter, originally from Chicago, provide the song structure to support all this loveliness? She does — and each listen to her 11 songs (and one Mason Jennings cover) reveals a new melodic turn that the ear didn’t pick up on before. Over the playfully cantering rhythms of “Another Breakup Ballad,” she kicks a dodgy lover to the curb. But the fragmentary “Lavender Moon” is the standout, a spooked love song kissed with atmospherics that would give Tom Waits the shivers.”