for Landmarks |Two Loons for Tea
an emily blunt review
speaking? The "Looking
For Landmarks" cd is simply a melodic symphony of wonderfully arranged songs
by Two Loons for Tea (aka Sarah Scott and Jonathan Kochmer with a plethora of
talents behind them tinkering). Here is tangible proof there is hope for the release
of albums filled with blended sounds, melodic tunes, an enchanting voice and musicians
that can handle more than one musical style in a song. Bravo.
Loon duo navigate through world influences on the note, and coast along exotic
beats, like Magellan
while the cd seems to rotate towards a solstice of its own. What a pop-y new-age-y
rock-ish find. And this yummy, non-conformist, genre bending, album waits to tickle
your aural system.
1, 'Blue Suit,' is the launch of our musical roller coaster of beats, culture-hued
notes and flowing lyrics. Track 3, 'Dying for Love,' has sweeping hints of Celtic
campfires, aside wandering Costa del Sol street musicians, you've stumbled upon
in your memory and the eclectic combo works beautifully. Track 4, 'Blood for Sugar,'
has a weak beginning, but before you hit the forward button, forgive the loop
in - because once the lyrics begin, it switches gears and becomes quite a grand
storytelling yarn, with haunting undertow and delicate vocals. Track 7, 'Shape
of Strange,' is just strange - and sometimes that's a good thing. It's like a
Shaft-infused Blaxploitation-theme that should play over a Quentin Tarantino scene
- if you know what I mean. Though it does sound like Ms. Scott is repeating, "You
are a weeble
" Um, production explain yourself! Track 9, 'Emily,'
is Goth-y fright night fun, and ironically has the more congruent lyrics of the
pieces. Track 11, 'This Mortal Rodeo,' is Kasbah meets the Druids enchanting.
the album it's Sarah Scott's exquisite vocals that front our fantastic journey
through her varying lyrics
while she doesn't stray from "her sound,"
that's okay because her's is an exceptionally refreshing voice. Jonathan Kochmer,
the other Loon, picks up the slack by playing half a dozen instruments, lending
to some of Scott's lyrics, and orchestrating all twelve compositions. And this
eclectic hodge podge-ing of sounds in song is simply delightful - a musical mind
trip you should quickly queue up for. Enjoy. Buy
looking for landmarks
dying for love
blood for sugar
not worth the worry
shape of strange