Oh! If I may, a taste…
“Now In This Hush”
“And Hiding Away”
“Every Hour Here”
Just get that album (Umbrella) if you can find it, because every song is great. I am especially fond of their first self-titled album too because it’s the first album I got. Unfortunately none of my favorite songs from the album are on YouTube but here are a couple of good ones.
“Wonder Of Birds”
“Clear To You”
Glow is a great album too. Here’s one song from it.
“Bright As Yellow”
“Bury My Lovely” (warning, bring tissues)
Listening now, Penelope Houston doesn’t sound anything like Hem, but you’ve never heard her, so here are a few songs.
“Qualities of Mercy”
My favorite song on the album, because I’m a sucker for popwaltz:
“Summers of War”
That whole album (Birdboys) is great)
Forget I mentioned Robin Holcomb. Not only is she an acquired taste, nothing on YouTube sounds anything like Hem.
However, Over The Rhine is definitely another band that Hem reminded me of.
“When I Go”
I’m not familiar with all their output, but I’m very fond of their first two albums.
I have to check myself or I will positively BURY you in female vocals. For many many years I had a radio show on 2 stations in 2 cities (Kansas City and Chicago) and I played nothing but female vocals. Give me an inch and I’m liable to take several dozen miles. Whatever you do, do not, I repeat, DO NOT ask me about Hy R*s.
(Ok, everybody can breathe a sigh of relief. I did not provide a bunch of links to Hap songs. Just a link to where there ARE Hap songs.)