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Serendipity brought a band its perfect voice; Hem found singer by playing wrong cassette N.Y. players bring orchestral sound here
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Wagner, Vit
Date: Oct 12, 2006
Start Page: G.6
Section: What's On
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Two years later, "Lord, Blow the Moon Out" was featured as the opening track on Hem's breathtaking debut, Rabbit Songs. Since then, the band has recorded three other albums, including this year's Funnel Cloud, all focused squarely on one indispensable musical element the singing of [Sally Ellyson], whose alluring, understated vocal stylings are pitched somewhere between Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies and Karen Carpenter.

Funnel Cloud, the occasion for Hem's Toronto debut Monday at the Horseshoe Tavern, is a summation of sorts of the band's output to this point. Recorded with a 21-piece orchestra, the album fuses the somewhat leaner approach of Rabbit Songs with the lusher elegance of 2004 follow-up Eveningland. Earlier this year, the group, which has always juggled covers with original material, released No Word From Tom, a disc dominated by covers with a few re-interpretations of Hem songs mixed in.

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