Though writer and vocalist Kerry Hallett's acoustic sensibilities create the backbone of the EP, Tender Trap punches in with catchy pop hooks and unfurls in sometimes dreamy, electronic layers. Intimate and succinct, with earnest vocals that remind of Aimee Mann and catchy lyrics in the vein of Ingrid Michaelson, Hallett invites us to navigate the gauntlet of love (the tender trap) and heartache--armed equally with biting one-liners and simple, sweet assertions.
"It’s not every day that a Facebook post from a nationally-renowned musician points you to an emerging artist from your own city. Last fall, Erin McKeown raved to her fans that she was very excited about the production work she was doing with the band Heart Harbor, who hails from right here in Philadelphia.
We here at The Key immediately checked the band out, and loved what we heard. The project of Kerry Hallett hearkens back to some of the best singer-songwriters in recent memory: Brandi Carlile, Passenger, Tegan and Sara, with a Jenny Lewis-ian sense of arrangement and fearless genre hopping. Recorded with McKeown last summer in Fishtown, the Tender Trap EP boasts immaculate production and infectious tunes; they’ll stick around, and you won’t mind one bit."
--John Vettese, of WXPN's The Key