On their latest record, 2016’s “Anchors Aweigh,” Chattanooga-based Americana duo Drakeford creates a spellbinding blend of looping harmonies and folk-influenced delirium. The songs are crisp and light on the skin but also imbued with a purpose beyond the lines of their gossamer rhythms. It is a record easy to become lost in and persuasive in its pastoral beauty.
Drawn from the twin imaginations of husband and wife Drakeford and Lucy-Jayne Lanier, the band’s music elicits comparisons to artists like The Civil Wars and The Head and the Heart, but maintains its rustic identity. There’s an acoustic commonality, to be sure, but they spin their affecting stories well above the level of simple imitation.
For their latest video, built around a live rendition of “Driftwood,” the second track from their recent album, the band took a short trip south out of Chattanooga to a small treehouse wonderland called Treetop Hideaways, which rests in the shadow of Lookout Mountain in Flintstone, Georgia.
With the help of violinist Rachel Kelly, they piece together this lovely little folk whisper, filled with gorgeous harmonies, acoustic strums and the plucked voice of a violin. It seems that the entire song might blow away at the insistence of a stiff breeze, but it never does, clinging to the wooden walls and birdcalls that creep into the frame.
“This is one of our favorite songs to play from our latest record, ‘Anchors Aweigh,’ so we figured making a video for it would be fun,” the band wrote in the video’s description.
If you’ve yet to experience the band’s laid-back Americana sway, this version of “Driftwood” is a perfect place to start. You can check out the rest of their work and read a bit of information on the band’s website. As you drift into their folk and gospel atmospheres, it becomes immediately obvious that you’re going to be spending a lot of time with Drakeford.
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