Chicago’s Haroula Rose is a smart lady. She won a Fulbright back in 2005, and she’s been making folk music for the past six years or so. Over the course of a series of EPs and albums, she’s produced a bunch of covers, and they’ve now been collected as a Soundcloud set list–perhaps to promote her latest single.
Let’s start with the cover songs. The choices are all G-rated–ranging including The Everly Brothers (the new single, released this year) and Sonny Miller–perfect selections for a voice so pure. She does a wonderful job with Mason Jennings’ “Duluth,” a sweet and traditional love song, and she absolutely kills The Eagles’ “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” And I’m always up for hearing a new version of “Wichita Lineman.” I’m not sure why I’m such a sucker for that song.
And as for the new, original song…Swimming Song is about swimming. Literally. She does the crawl. She does a cannonball. She moves her arms around in the water. It’s a great summer tune, and it feels as delightful as the clear water of an abandoned rock quarry. Light, simple, and it has some catchy banjo work.
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