As a musician touring can be hard. For Philadelphia musician/superhero Eliza Hardy Jones, who tours with Grace Potter, its double duty, opening shows with her own music and then playing keyboard in Potter’s band. For her it’s easy, “we’ll play my set, and then change into our sparkling GP gear and hit the stage again.”

Jones has played in tons of bands including Buried Beds, mewithoutYou, and Strand of Oaks, but decided to release solo music as a way to find her own voice:

“I play in all of these different contexts — classical, country, pop, indie rock — and I love them all, but I wanted to write and record something that had no boundary around what it ‘should’ be.”

And music fans everywhere should be happy she did.

Her sound is lofty and delicate but also raw and hard-hitting. Simply put, her music is beautiful, reminiscent of early morning when the sun has barely risen and everything is serene and quiet (about the same time I look at my phone, realize how late I am, slam down coffee and sprint out the door.) Those moments that you truly appreciate.

“Criminal” is the lead track off of Because Become. It’s an ambient and floaty track, Hardy Jones sings “I am tired, I am cold, I am angry,” (insert picture of me raising my fist in solidarity here.) Her voice is warm yet aching, making her words bite at you ensuring you feel the pure emotion in every track.

Eliza Hardy Jones certainly hitting all the right notes with this release. Catch her at XPN Fest this July with other local Philly bands Kississippi and Queen Of Jeans.