Watching Hal Cannon, Greg Istock and Eli Wrankle perform with such expertise makes for compelling viewing in this video from 3hattrio. The haunting sound of the violin and the whispered narrative pull us into this atmospheric tale of a desperate search party hunting through the woods for those lost within on a dark and fearful night. The creation of a sombre mood is masterful. The search becomes more urgent as the rhythm steps up, the stand-up bass insistent, until ultimately the vocals quietly soar and the pace slows, offering some hope in the night. 3hattrio produce utterly absorbing, hypnotic music that transports the listener to another time or place. Formed when violinist Eli Warnkle was just 15, the band was the result of a jamming session after a fundraising recital. It’s all about the chemistry between the players and an affinity with their environment. For 3hattrio, it’s important that their songs reflect the feel and landscapes of their home in Utah and they refer to their sound as ‘American desert music’.
This truly absorbing piece is taken from the recent album ‘Lost Sessions’. All of their recordings from the summer were kept on a hard drive that was destroyed by a falling piano. It was thought that all their creativity and hard work had been lost. Greg Istock says: “Lost can carry different meanings. It can be something misplaced with hopes for resurfacing but this loss was brutal and final, a cruel twist of fate.” Luckily for 3hattrio and us, specialists managed to retrieve the hard drive’s data and ‘Lost Sessions’ is the result. Check it out.