Ha Ha Tonka, an adventurous band from Missouri, opens up its sound with its fifth album, Heart-Shaped Mountain. As with its past releases, the band's gift for clear-eyed, intelligent songwriting proves that they're still a cut above other bands that fuse indie with Americana, while remaining beholden to neither style. A song like "Favor" could fit in as a campfire singalong, "Going That Way" takes on a careening momentum as she comes around the mountain, while a somewhat left field song like "Land Beyond" seems to take its cues from somewhere else entirely, The album is out March 10 on Bloodshot Records.
Heart-Shaped Mountain can be ordered via Bloodshot Records, and the band has dates booked through May.
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