London-based band Hejira have released their sophomore LP Thread Of Gold, a phenomenal new album that resulted from vocalist, bass guitarist and co-songwriter Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne taking the group on a pilgrimage to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, looking to reaffirm her own ancestral roots and cultural identity, partly due to the unfortunate passing of her father. The result is a soulful, eclectic and stunningly beautiful record that channels so much emotion that it captivates me endlessly from start to finish.
The gorgeous string opener of “Joyful Mind” is profound and sublime, with tribal chants and a slick bassline bringing character to the record itself. The slower paced and emotive “Lima Limo” is stunning again, with Rehel’s vocals bringing out such passion. The indie-inspired “Empire” is brilliant, with its guitar-licks and impeccable drumming, bringing dynamism in the pace of the track, making you sway your head. It’s really soulful. The Ethiopian influence is prevalent throughout “A Taxi Man” with the guitar-licks and rhythms that create an aura that is gorgeous. The strings on “Seven” as well as the heavy drums bring forward a darker, moodier energy that is reflective in tone. The album ends with a self-titled track with a sublime piano-led ballad that has angelic strings and an emotive vocal performance. A stunning way to close this album.
Overall, Hejira come through with an absolutely breathtaking album that hit’s every emotional bone in my body. Listen to Thread Of Gold below via Bandcamp, and don’t forget to support! Released via Lima Limo Records.