“Wild Mountain Thyme” Is an Honest Experience
Hailing from the Utah Valley, yet currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jackson Harden has always had his sights on making music. From his time spent with post-rock band Across the Snow and indie rock group Sea Elephant, the musician flourished in a space that honed in on his skills and nurtured his determination to make his passion a reality. Now showing his chops as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer, the talented Harden ventures out on his own with a new profound sound. Borrowing elements from traditional folk, alt-country, and chamber pop, here is a look inside the wonderful “Wild Mountain Thyme.”
Wild Mountain Thyme is my take on a traditional folk song about the seasons changing and picking wildflowers for the one you love. I wanted to keep the song simple but use some fingerpicking flourishes to keep things interesting.
Jackson Harden on “Wild Mountain Thyme.”
Sonically rich and full of beautiful poetry, everything about the single is a spectacular spectacle. Drawing inspiration from the tune “From the Morning” by Nick Drake, Wild Mountain Thyme also paints a sonic atmosphere similar to the likes of John Fahey and Joni Mitchell. Thriving in its stripped-back nature, Harden’s guitar voicing’s mixes between simple and complex, ranging from traditionally easy arpeggios to interesting fingerpicking licks. These techniques combine effortlessly with the songwriter’s singing, which deserves recognition for conveying thoughtful imagery without sacrificing its phrasing, tone, or quality. Fixating on themes such as nature and love, the folk track is truly a human experience, calling for a return to form, a time devoted to a more honest way of life. Full of hope, Jackson Harden’s delightful little effort is a wall of sound worth your time to experience.
Oh, the summer time is comin’
And the trees are sweetly bloomin’
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the purple heather
Will you go, lassie, go?
“Wild Mountain Thyme” Lyrics