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*Purchase includes instant download of singles "Ghosts" and "Best Laid Plans," plus an early download of "Make Yourself At Home," made available before its release on October 4th.
Philadelphia, when viewed through the lens of someone on the cusp of adulthood, is a giant creative playground. There's always something buzzing from the amps in a row home basement, another voice waiting to be unleashed from its shell. Harmony Woods – the moniker of Philly's own Sofia Verbilla – offers a parallel perspective on her debut LP, Nothing Special: a lens into the scenes behind her home's creative spaces and the relationships that fuel them.
With Modern Baseball's Jake Ewald behind the boards, one could be quick to loop Harmony Woods in with the Philly band's hyperfocused storytelling. Verbilla does take cues from Ewald's notes from the midnight scenes at Drexel University, but adapts the playbook to create a more literary angle. Songs about red cups and frat boys nursing kegs spill into one another without pauses, like a self-conscious beer-sloshing at a basement party. Sofia's steady register anchors the madness, while four short bursts of contemplation - labeled "vignettes" in the track listing - measure the pace of emotional fever. Verbilla does her own milemarking, too, where "Jenkintown-Wyncote" closes distance between two people with steady guitar percolation and regional rail, only for "Parking Lot" to warm with anxious closeness and explode under the pressure of rattling notes which wander away as fast as they're welcomed. The richness and power of the instrumentals spiraling beneath Sofia's bell-like vocals can be best distilled in a line repeated through Nothing Special like a wide-eyed mission statement: "I think I might need you." Harmony Woods is as much about the parts as it is the whole, a unit built and bred by the lesser-known landmarks it charts.
Part concept album and part meditation on the human spectrum of love – through mental hurdles, interpersonal health, and beyond –Nothing Special knows what it wants to be and where it best thrives: while looking inward, outwardly.
- James Cassar
"At just nineteen years old, Sofia Verbilla tackles some heady concepts on “Ghosts,” a testament to turning toward your demons instead of running from them, giving them the finger, and then telling them to f*ck off." - Uproxx
"As a fixture of Philly’s booming music scene, Harmony Woods has proved with “Best Laid Plans” that she is ready to enter the indie rock limelight." - Atwood Magazine
"The opening seconds of Harmony Woods’ new album Make Yourself at Home sound like Phoebe Bridgers singing over dreamy s/t-era Bon Iver guitar, while the second track sees her pivot to the rogue, monotone bass lines and shimmering guitars of Midwest emo acts like The World Is a Beautiful Place." - FLOOD Magazine
"Hopeful pop melodies weave through wistful indie rock hooks and seamlessly accompany Verbilla’s uniquely pensive yet tender lyrics." - Phluff
"(Ghosts) is exhilarating in its motion, delivering a sobering message in upbeat fashion." - The Grey Estates
"...the Philly rocker capably straddles the stark contrasts of both her self-effacing and introspective and hot-pink-haired ass-kicking-frontwoman personas, at once conflicting and complementary, while she negotiates an earned place for herself and the HamWoo crew to stand out among Philly’s basement DIY rock-and-rollers. " - WXPN