North Carolina is a beautiful and majestic place and it almost makes you wonder if those qualities can fuse into the spirit of individuals to inspire music that is unique and mystifying. Hmm... Aren't the Avett Brothers from North Carolina? (Yes) So apparently awesome bands have been appearing out of North Carolina. Songs of Water is a group that is not easy to put into one category. They drift in a sea of world music that ebbs and flows into folk and rock currents. They bring an eloquent and musically thirst-quenching sound that is both modern and ancient all in one breath. The six piece ensemble (sometimes expanding to an 8 piece or more) explores their sound orbit with the Appalachian folk instrument, the hammered dulcimer. The hammered dulcimer is a stringed musical instrument with the strings stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board. They use this as the head of many of the group's pieces, the dulcimer interweaves with various acoustic instruments and a foundation of heavy percussion.
Songs of Water's newest album was released on March 26, 2010 and is called The Sea Has Spoken. Their music is quite enchanting. Check out Songs of Water CD release video below.