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The Bittersweets

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1) Dusk is a bittersweet time of day. There’s no other point in the sun’s arc that captures the imagination quite like it. Maybe the Nashville-based alt. folk-pop trio the Bittersweets can’t literally splash a sunset across the sky, but they bring the same striking contrast of shadow and luminescence to the ears.

The Bittersweets—Chris Meyers (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Hannah Prater (vocals, guitar)—live up to their name. They fuse yellows and blues, sunniness and melancholy, with evocative lyrics and lush arrangements, transcendent melodies and Prater’s alluring voice. On every track of their new album, Goodnight, San Francisco, their recent live set, Long Way From Home, and their 2006 full-length debut, The Life You Always Wanted, the Bittersweets weave a captivating tension between hope and poignancy that rings true.

“I think the name fits us because a lot of the songs talk about life’s tensions and that you can’t just have happy or just dwell on the sad,” Prater explains. “I feel like a lot of the songs embrace both, the beautiful and the ugly, happy and sad—life’s paradoxes.” And the Bittersweets are well-equipped for that sort of musical alchemy.

There’s a reason why Prater’s singing is such a satisfying pleasure. Both of the California native’s parents are music teachers; she sang in jazz groups and musical theatre productions; and she pursued a degree in vocal performance, before discovering a different style of vocal expression in Joni Mitchell and Over the Rhine. Prater drew the best from each approach to hone her sumptuous vocal instrument.

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  • Levato

    Anyone?

    22 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Levato

    45 is perfect! Does anybody have the lyrics pls?? I understood most of it but I can't find it anywhere..

    22 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Notlef

    Saw Hannah Prater & Chris Meyers doing an acoustic set on their UK tour recently @ The Ent Shed in Bedford and they were awesome - fantastic song writing from Chris and the quality and feel of Hannah's vocals was top notch :o)

    12 Mar 2009 Reply
  • mariagudna

    <3

    27 Jan 2009 Reply
  • superwuju

    I love this band!! Hope others will discover them as well!!

    11 Dec 2007 Reply

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