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There's a serenity to the music of HarpAcash & the Morals, an indie folk-rock trio hailing from Barrie, a city with a musical reputation mostly limited to loud Molson Park occasions. But with the rise of the graceful, Barrie-raised singer-songwriter Bahamas, perhaps it's time to take a closer look north of the 401. HarpAcash & the Morals (guitarist Todd Jeffrey, drummer Daniel Trickett and the sultry lead vocalist HarpAcash) make a welcoming, minimalist sort of music, comparable perhaps to the soulful-rootsy approach of a young Serena Ryder (raised in Millbrook, Ont., by the way). Signed to the Cowboy Junkies' label Latent Recordings, the group will release its debut full-length album Lamps on Sept. 23. It is produced by the Junkies' Michael Timmins, a musician who knows something about dynamics. The lead single is Douglas Snow, a thoughtful soft rocker about children and how they perceive the world, and how adults can learn from the world views of the young. From the mouths of babes, then.

HarpAcash & the Morals plays Burl's Creek Event Grounds, Oro-Medonte, Ont., Sept. 23; The Burdock, Oct. 6.