Harper Grae, "Bloodline"
Harper Grae reckons with the ghost of a mother she never really knew in "Bloodline," the Alabama native's new single and first release from a forthcoming EP and video series. Her uptempo, stomp-and-clap arrangement has traces of the rafter-rattling folk of the Lumineers, but Grae's a platinum-voiced country-pop singer with a flair for turning her harrowing past into high art. Here, she fearlessly surveys the damage, and wonders if she'll be able to escape the gravity of her mother's troubles, comparing her everyday experience to a high-wire walk. "Take the truth and twist it 'til it fits you like a noose," sings Grae. It's riveting, heartbreaking stuff that doubles as trauma therapy. J.F.