Sounds Upstairs: Old Song Rescue Society
David Mahler, Julia Mente, and Julie Hanify liberate songs that want to be heard but seldom are. This Pittsburgh trio’s unaccompanied vocal wares include parlor pieces, rounds easy and fancy, folk and composed numbers, and a state song or two, all shining with taut harmonies and tangled counterpoint. Old songs? Some of these songs show their age, but others are old only in an intensive, affectionate sort of way, like an old pal, one who you’ve just met for the first time.