First Aid Kit, The Civil Wars
Talented male/female (Guy/Morgan) duo hailing from Pennsylvania, Broken Fences, have put forth an impressive debut. This album is filled with haunting lyrics and harmonies that blend quite naturally. If you are fans of Americana folk legends Simon & Garfunkel to the modern genius of The Civil Wars, you should pick this one up.
The two have strong chemistry accompanied by soft acoustic guitar and intelligent piano melodies. The production and sound quality on this album are superb. With a good set of headphones you can really pick-out subtleties in their vocals from raspy breathing to extra saliva, much like the uniqueness in Tori Amos’ Little Earthquakes. What is most impressive about this album is how the two share the spotlight so well. Often with duet groups, one vocalist will dominate the other. Not the case here, both voices command and while Morgan does get a bit more air time, the powerful creeping harmony that Guy infuses makes the album stand out. "Digital 60's" is a unique track providing some very sad moments along side some great soprano sax work. "Locked Inside" has some great suffocating lyrics, that harken a feeling of being stuck inside on a miserable day, but reflecting on your surroundings. Frankly there are only two semi-upbeat tunes on the album, "Today It’s Raining on Just You" and "Fairy Tales". These songs are average as it becomes clear that Broken Fences is best in their melancholy mindset.
We are big fans of bands that can put you in a mood or state of reflection. Broken Fences certainly accomplish this and we hope they stick with the formula down the road.
Standout Tracks: Digital 60's, Locked Inside