Music review: Think of Texan duo Penny & Sparrow's Finch as Americana with a designer shirt

author_img Ron Harris Published :  03rd August 2019 01:54 PM   |   Published :   |  03rd August 2019 01:54 PM
Cover image of Finch by Penny and Sparrow (I Love You via AP)

Cover image of Finch by Penny and Sparrow (I Love You via AP)

Penny & Sparrow, Finch (I Love You).

Texas-raised duo Penny & Sparrow had to do some heavy touring to truly search their souls.

They explore the resulting range of emotions and deliver it on their sixth album Finch, an effort thick with gorgeous tales of personal transformation.

Band members Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke were both raised in a conservative climate and sought to break free from the "white Evangelical Christian male" perspective that shaped their early surroundings, the band explains in liner notes.

Sonically, there is a smooth and soaring feel to most of the tracks, yet each has its own distinct energy.

Recuerda is love song heavy on crooning, while Don't Wanna Be Without Ya gives way to a galloping pace as the concept of reincarnated lovers is explored.

Long Gone is sexy and sultry and highlights the fact that Baxter can absolutely sing a slow jam.

Ultimately, rich and breathy vocals with a slight choral effect carry the day here.

There's a dependable lustre to Penny & Sparrow's songs. Songs begin dour, but eventually find their footing and reveal hope amid bass lines and light guitar.

Think of this as Americana with a designer shirt. The traditional elements are there, but they're layered with a modern sheen that sets the songs apart from a tired approach.

 

Cover image of Finch by Penny & Sparrow. (I Love You via AP)

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