For those who like: Los Campesinos, San Cisco, Tilly & the Wall, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Something that can be said about this duo, Davy & Amelia is that they sure do love each other. The two are newlyweds with love in their hearts and passion in their songs, which is reflected in their four song EP titled Norah June after their new baby. The EP is a journey and a love story that when you press play you are along for the ride. You can feel their story progress from “The Summer” that changed their life to “Norah June” the song named after their daughter. The banjo strums seep through the songs and give a heartwarming feel to the mix. Listening to the lyrics, it is safe to assume that the album is autobiographical, and about their expedition of falling in love with one another.
The album is a sweet and simple compilation with harmonies that ring similar to those of Los Campesinos. On the first song, “In The Summer” the element of clapping arises to add percussion and fun to an already catchy song. The following track “1,000 Miles Away” is one that causes conflict between the two lovers but they sing no matter how far away, “You’ll always stay in my heart.” The sweetness emitted from the two over the course of the album is almost too much to handle. With their next endeavor, I would hope to see more complexity and variations added into the mix balancing out the simplicity and similarity that resonates on this EP. With more of a band collaboration added in the works, this twosome could really go far.
“Moving Mountains” is most certainly my favorite track off the short album, with tambourine accompaniments giving it a sound like Tilly and the Wall’s Wild Like Children. The song is an uplifting anthem to get anyone motivated to do something they are afraid to start. Over the course of the album Norah June the listeners learns a lot about the band, and about themselves. You get this beautiful story of falling in love and overcoming obstacles that is enough to lift your spirits, and some advice for how to move on in the future. The simple and sweet sounds of Norah June are pleasant enough to warm any heart.
Release Date: November 1, 2013
Run Time: 15:18
1. In the Summer
2. 1,000 Miles Away
3. Moving Mountains
4. Norah June
Written By: Chelsea Conte