[30 July 2014]
The Tietjan Sisters – Erika, Rachel, Chloe – are a singing trio from the Oakland area. Kindred Lines sees them blend Americana, country, blues, jazz and a whole lot more. The record is produced by Laurie Lewis, and displays harmony and closeness, both in terms of sound as well as in the familial sense. The tracks range from the ‘30s/‘40s feel of “Seduction of Spring” to the more bluegrass-driven “Train Wreck” to the blues, swing and big band of “But Not for You”.
The Sisters easily carry off a range of styles successfully and convincingly –- all focused around their dynamic harmonies, and relate their experiences with integrity (“The Wind”, “Molasses”). Kindred Lines has a lot of feeling, a lot of seriousness in approach, writing and construction, but also exhibits fun and solid music and singing. Overall, a great package of fine instrumentation, interesting voices and very good songs.