For fans of:The Lumineers, The Carpenters, Ollabelle, Over the Rhine, Cowboy Junkies
Formed in 1999, Hem self-released their debut Rabbit Songs in 2002 to critical acclaim, establishing themselves as one of the most promising bands to emerge from Brooklyn. Since then, they’ve released four full-length albums, including the music for the 2009 Public Theatre production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, for which they received a nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play for the 2009/2010 Drama Desk Awards. Hem’s extravagantly bittersweet five-years-in-the-making album, Departure and Farewell will be released on April 2nd. It’s a perfect summation of this unusual chapter in the band’s life, which started as a breakup before becoming a rebirth—a point lost on none of the members. “achingly gorgeous...” - NPR “Making music that’s categorically neither country nor folk but a flexible citi- fied mix of the two, its songs send one branch toward the hymnal, another into droning soft rock, and a third toward the kind of film music that evokes prairie sunsets...Beautiful,” writes The New York Times of the band’s process.