Steal This Track: UMS Edition, featuring Chimney Choir - Reverb

Steal This Track: UMS Edition, featuring Chimney Choir

Denver's Chimney Choir is: David Rynhart (left), Kevin Larkin and Kris Drickey. Photo by Ian Hutchison.

Denver's Chimney Choir is: David Rynhart (left), Kevin Larkin and Kris Drickey. Photo by Ian Hutchison.

If you’re like us, you’re getting excited for the 11th Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, occurring on 25 stages in the Baker neighborhood from Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24. To help set the mood, Steal This Track will be featuring UMS artists for the next couple weeks. Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to Chimney Choir.

Chimney Choir’s delicate, dusty indie pop is the result of three veteran Colorado multi-instrumentalists who just came together in late 2010. David Rynhart, who plays guitar, flute and piano, is best known by local followers of traditional Irish music for his years in Bodha. Kevin Larkin, on mandolin, harmonica, sampler(!) and accordion, has recorded ghost town bedroom folk under the name Pineross for the past five years. Rounding out the trio is secret weapon Kris Drickey, who accompanies her hauntingly soulful vocals with guitar, banjo, percussion and violin.

Together, the threesome released its debut EP, “(A Strange Feather)”, back in May and then set off to introduce appreciative audiences across the country to its unique take on Americana. Carefully crafted vocal harmonies, sparse and organic instrumentation, and the occasional odd electronic blurp provide an ethereal setting for earnest lyrics and memorable melodies. If you’ve ever sat on the porch of a cabin in the mountains, looked up at the stars and wondered why people can’t be nicer to one another, then the music of Chimney Choir will feel like home.

For a taste of what the trio is capable of, steal “Goin Down South,” Chimney Choir’s take on an R. L. Burnside classic.

Chimney Choir plays the Irish Rover at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 22 as part of The 11th annual UMS. Click here to view the full line-up and buy tickets — $40 for a four-day wristband.

Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.

If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Eryc Eyl for consideration.

Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout for stories about Denver musicians doing extraordinary things. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet. You can also follow Steal This Track on Twitter. Sorry, Mom.