"Rachel Ries [aka Her Crooked Heart] has a sensibility as familiar and comforting as it is surprising. At one turn, she's got the vocal prowess of Tori Amos; at another, the complexity of a Radiohead tune.” THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION
"Gorgeous gush of warm-blooded harmonies" – UNCUT (RR review)
HER CROOKED HEART is the new name; the new music of Rachel Ries – multi- instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, rock & roll choir director, sideman, and singer. Her Crooked Heart’s forthcoming album, To Love To Leave To Live, features members of Bon Iver, Shane Leonard and string arrangements by the inimitable Rob Moose, and is due for release on May 31st, followed by a June UK tour.
With To Love To Leave To Live, Minneapolis-based Her Crooked Heart presents a debut record unique in form, made up of cyclical narratives and intertwining histories, each informing the next. The result is a transformative song cycle, led by a charismatic personality, wholly indifferent to expectations of genre and instrumentation. Rachel Ries, the writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer behind Her Crooked Heart, demonstrates immense vulnerability and multifaceted musical craftsmanship to deliver a personal and profound musical soliloquy on love, leaving and the life that follows after burning it all down.