The honey-warm harmonies and slice-of-life charm of the Keller Sisters’ debut EP Shine recalls the days of summers past. Maybe it’s the sweetness of the vocals or the nostalgic yearning of songs such as “That Room,” but there is an undeniably sunny vibe that is being emitted here. Certainly, the music itself offers the coziness of a campfire – smoothly textured acoustic riffs and bluesy harmonica.
Siblings Sheryl and Kerry have produced a heartfelt collection of folk music, one that also reveals the influence of the Beatles and classic country music. The opening track, the witty “Hillbilly Blond,” struts with Bonnie Raitt-styled swagger and trailer-park spunk. The song’s locomotive beat and blistering harmonica add to the smoke left in its path. “Can’t Believe My Luck” veers toward the Keller Sisters’ Americana side, back-to-basics country without the Nashville cheese or indie artiness.
The highlight of the EP is the aforementioned “That Room.” Brimming with sentimental recollections, its lyrics return to the Keller Sisters to the days of their youth, when listening to records as kids conveyed a more innocent world. Of course, there’s more to the tune than that but revealing all of its touching moments would rob the listener of their own conclusions. It’s still early, but “That Room” just might be one of the year’s best, and this refreshingly straightforward and emotionally uplifting EP should be included in that as well.