Introducing: Emily Haavik & the 35’s
Emily Haavik and her backing band the 35’s play a sophisticated blend of twangy country and pop music. Their 2018 debut record, Ease Back, sounds remarkably polished and self-confident (especially for a first album). Featuring a full array of instrumentation from pedal steel to violin, it’s a both rollicking as well as heartfelt collection of impassioned songs.
Haavik sings lead vox and while she’s still a fairly under-the-radar name locally, she sure doesn’t sing like one. Haavik belts out lyrics with the poise and self-assurance of someone who has already made the big time and knew that she had what it takes right from the start. With a sound that would be at home across country radio, The Current, and Radio K, it’s hard to understand why this band isn’t yet blowing up.
Stream/purchase Ease Back via Bandcamp: