The Happy Maladies

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Happy Maladies have achieved an impressive evolution in the compressed space of their two-year existence. The Maladies’ acoustic Folk direction fits comfortably under the Americana umbrella. But the band has picked up quirky hitchhikers along the way, including Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz and Classical strains (they’re CCM grads, after all) and then layered it with a noisy experimentalism and called it their own. The Happy Maladies’ debut full-length, Sun Shines the Little Children, rides the emotional tension between traditional and revolutionary, between arty and crafty, between musical control and clattering chaos. Take a swig of that homebrew and enjoy the colors.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Gillian Welch, The New Pornographers, Jim Mathus and Andrew Bird on the Island of Misfit Chamber Folk Toys. (Brian Baker)