Heartstrings have already been pulled from the opening notes of Hussy Hicks’ new single That Old Heartache.
With solemn slide guitar chords mixed with a light-hearted melodic mandolin, you can foresee this is going to be a blissful track. And when Leesa Gentz’ Debra Conway-esque vocals belt out the chorus, “It’s that old heartache/every time, you let me down,” it quickly reminds us of her incredible voice.
Their compositions can be embedded with a slide guitar and ‘shazam!’ you are transported to a Texan Americana bar, or played acoustically they’re at home in a Gold Coast beachside scene. These last few weeks have taken the Hussies to the beautiful exteriors of the State Library Queensland to the Australian Music Week festival in Sydney. Next stop the Kultur cafés of Germany.
Depending on their musical habitat the duo use their instrumental resources to transport their followers to different genres.
That Old Heartache provides four minutes and 16 seconds of alt country sounds – a moody slide guitar, galloping bass and sweet subtle harmonies.
The lyrics are minimal and the chorus is frequent yet catchy, but what it has doses of is a relaxed rolling melody and a plucky mandolin played by Phil Proctor coaxing the song musically along.
Hussy Hicks’s new single was released 26 October and can be downloaded from their website hussyhicks.bandcamp.com.