Native Harrow — Happier Now (Aug. 2nd, 2019) Pamela MÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃéndez ÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃâ Time (22 Feb 2019)Location: Philadelphia, PA
Album release: Aug. 2nd, 2019
Record Label: Different Time Records
Duration:     35:59
1. Can’t Go On Like This   3:22
2. How You Do Things   2:43
3. Blue Canyon   3:50
4. Happier Now   3:41
5. Hard to Take   4:07
6. Something You Have   3:59
7. Round and Round   3:12
8. Hung Me Out to Dry   4:10
9. Way to Light   6:55
•    Devin Tuel: Guitar / Lead Vocals
•    Stephen Harms: Guitar/Drums/Bass/Keys
★     “Vocalist and guitarist Devin Tuel’s flowy, spiritual voice is timeless, and its fluttering beauty will spark a lump in your throat.” — LIZZIE MANO, PASTE MAGAZINE
★     “Alongside multi~instrumentalist Stephen Harms, Tuel records as Native Harrow, her wondrous voice evoking both Judee Sill and early Joni Mitchell at their most wistful, particularly on “Can’t Go On Like This” and “Hung Me Out To Dry”. The use of vintage gear adds weight to the sensory impression of another era, as the duo (plus co~producer Alex Hall) craft timeless folk~rooted confections and, on the organ~fired “Something You Have”, Muscle Shoals~like~Southern soul.” — ROB HUGHES, UNCUT MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2019 PRINT ISSUE
★     “Laurel Canyon~style folk rock with shades of Joni Mitchell” — ★★★★ — THE TIMES
★     “A wonderful record, a brilliant talent, a real storyteller and a wonderful songwriter.” — AMAZING RADIO
★     “This is a captivating, almost mesmeric album of the highest quality… the excellent ‘Something You Have’ is gospel~tinged while both ‘Blue Canyon’ and the title track ‘Happier Now’ could have been recorded by a young Joni Mitchell.” — 8/10 — AMERICANA~UK
★     Devin Tuel may consider herself to be an artist meant for a different time, but she now finds herself inhabiting her own true place. The singer~songwriter is at home in Upstate NY reflecting on her third album, Happier Now, released under her nom de plume, Native Harrow, as well as the difficult sojourn the former ballerina and classically trained singer has had to traverse to become the writer and performer she was meant to be.
★     After nearly two decades of rigorous training in ballet, theatre, and voice, Tuel needed to break out of the oppressive rules of academia and find her natural voice, write from her heart, and figure out what kind of performer she truly was rather than the one she was being molded into from the age of 3. From there, she begin to establish her own creative identity.
★     Happier Now (out April 12 on Different Time Records), is a set of nine songs recorded and mixed by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, The Cactus Blossoms, Pokey LaFarge) at Chicago’s Reliable Recorders. The album was co~produced by Hall, Tuel, and her bandmate, multi~instrumentalist Stephen Harms.
★     Native Harrow cuts out clear and vibrant narratives on fear, love, the open road, ill~fated relationships, and coping with the state of the world. The album’s nine songs were written during three back~to~back tours across North America supporting the band’s second album, Sorores. The album was recorded in just three days in March 2018 during what Tuel jokingly calls “downtime” in the middle of the grueling 108 date tour. Tuel approached the sessions like a musicians’ workshop, each morning beginning with the songwriter presenting her collaborators with the day’s material. The trio rehearsed and documented each song live on the floor, tracking as a band through each take. No click tracks, scratch tracks, or even headphones; just three musicians in a small room, captured with Hall’s collection of vintage mics and some subtle retro production techniques. Overdubs, including vocal harmonies, B3 organ, Rhodes, and the rare lead guitar were added to decorate these live performances. The creative energy of the tightly~knit sessions spilled over into Tuel’s songwriting as well — she skipped lunch on the third and final day of recording to pen the road~weary “Hard To Take”. Four days after arriving in Chicago, Native Harrow was back on the road and Happier Now was complete.
★     Today Glide is excited to premiere the music video the album’s title track. With Devin Tuel dressed in tones of a fall forest, she dances slowly as if letting the wind guide her movements. There’s something soothing to the visuals, as if the singer has reached a meditative, peaceful state. The song itself showcases Tuel’s rich folk vocals over instrumentation that is simple and soulful, reminiscent of the folk music of the 60s and 70s of acts like who managed to make timeless tunes that actually felt real.
★     Devin Tuel describes the song in her own words:
★    “‘Happier Now’ is essentially my own anthem. I had this very powerful year of touring and making things happen for myself and feeling like I was getting out from under the waves, but people close to me would still say, ‘Do you ever sing any happy songs? Why are you so sad?’ and I think that that is such a shallow thought to have about any art. My songs aren’t meant to crush people, but I live in reality and sadness and struggle have a lot to do with the reality of the human experience. So Happier Now is me saying I could be happier if it makes you feel good, but I won’t because this is who I am, these are my songs, and I like them melancholic.’ 
Jim Finnie, Posted on June 27, 2019; Score: 8/10
★     An emerging talent who makes for compulsive listening
★     Let’s get straight to the point. This is a captivating, almost mesmeric album of the highest quality. That last sentence alone will tell you what is to come during the rest of this review but let’s take the opportunity to fill in some of the blanks for those who maybe aren’t familiar with Native Harrow. ‘Happier Now’ is the third album from singer~songwriter Devin Tuel released under the nom de plume Native Harrow.