Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Small Houses

Small Houses is the folk project of Michigan-based J. Quentin. The debut album Our Dusking Sound contains gentle acoustic guitar ballads that reminiscence of the cabin, country and fields, with eased female harmonies and speckles of horns and strings in numbers like "Like The Day" and "When It's Morning." Quiet numbers are the key to this one, exploring the space of a simple guitar, slightly disheveled vocals and an occasional piano in "I'm Old And You Are New" and "Your Mountainside," but upbeat folk numbers pop up too. In the title track, the singalong intro alongside peppy drums and warm strings make for a perfect song to close a sunny Wes Anderson film. All in all, for a debut, Small Houses shows a lot of promise and a great deal of range, calming and stirring the soul at the same time. I wouldn't be surprised to see this one infiltrate the indie film scene, but take a listen and let me know what you think.

Our Dusking Sound [mp3] (iTunes)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
4/29 - Cake Shop - NYC
5/12 - Labyrinth Press Company - Jamestown, NY
5/14 - Mac's Bar - Lansing, MI
5/15 - Little Corner Of The World - Detroit, MI
5/16 - Corner Record Shop - Kalamazoo, MI
5/17 - The PourHouse - Bloomington, IN
5/18 - Darwin's House - Urbana, IL
5/20 - Most Wanted Fine Art - Garfield, PA
5/22 - Sidewalk Cafe - NYC

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