Folk, country & soul tinged psych-rock band, DIVINING ROD, is the new project of Hawaiian born, multi-instrumentalist Miyuki Furtado. Inspired by British Folk, American Country & Country Rock, Furtado formed the band with guitarist, Patrick Harmon.
Hidden to most, in a suburban neighborhood in Long Island, a forgotten studio where Eminem blazed bars and Mariah Carey invented a new brand of soprano, Miyuki Furtado, the creative force behind Divining Rod, is feeling the mojo. This is his second 14-hour day and it’s well past his daughter’s bedtime (and a dad’s pass-out time). The light wooden floor of the tracking room is freshly polished, but these dark walls have history, and Hawaiian-born punk-rocker turned psychedelic troubadour Furtado is there to carve his name in their peeling paint. Although he’s made many records, this is the first one he’s made truly for himself.
On July 28th, the first two tracks will be released from Divining Rod’s forthcoming record Return to Crystal Cove. When asked why he chose “Hemlock Blues” and “Love Come Tumbling” for the Double A-Side Single, he explains that they stand out as examples of the earliest and then the most recent paths his song-writing has taken respectively. Simply put, these two songs serve as bookends for a shelf containing volumes of life lessons Miyuki has gathered from years of touring, time spent with his father in Kauai and the childhood memories that being a dad to his own daughter has helped him reclaim.
This beautiful juxtaposition is made possible by lead guitarist Patrick Harmon’s sweeping psychedelic soundscapes which ride the line of melody and chaos throughout Divining Rod’s tunes. Perhaps he’s drawing inspiration from his own new life as a dad–finding the beautiful moments amidst the madness. Miyuki feels for him, but teases him in his vulnerable new-dadness. “I told him he looked terrible. I said, ‘Don’t worry. You’ll get to sleep in 18 years or so.’ He’s figuring it out.”
Divining Rod’s forthcoming Return to Crystal Cove is a collection of those little moments as divined from the muse, and with the release of this single, the story begins.