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Two Loons for Tea

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Album Review

Two Loons for Tea's self-titled debut is an innovative and lively recording that is brought to life by members of Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians, Living Daylights, Critters Buggin, and King Crimson. This recording was crafted by a slew of guest musicians, but at the center of the project are two gifted artists who have eloquently and articulately brought their musical ideas and cross-genre influences to the fore: Jonathan Kochmer and Sarah Scott. Kochmer and Scott's musical and artistic bond is quite apparent on this record, and the unity that you hear in their recordings lets you know that they've mastered the art of collaborative songwriting. Kochmer's introspective guitar playing is the nucleus of the songs that make up this recording, and Scott's vocals and lyrics compliment the guitar so well that it seems that these two individual timbral voices are one. The music on Two Loons for Tea moves between somber and lively; the emotional landscape in between is bridged by a variety of ethnic and orchestral instruments — including vibes, viola, erhu, and tabla — that seem to breathe new life into the compositions just at the time where they become too pop-oriented, thus providing a bit of an experimental and eclectic streak to most of the works that make up this recording. This is an interesting recording that's quite dark and elusive. This recording has a bit of a singer/songwriter feel, but it's more eclectic and more diverse than most of the recordings in that genre, thus making it hard to pin this down to a specific genre. Fans of good music that's both fresh and interesting will be pleased with this release.

Customer Reviews

Intelligent yet visceral. A wonderful album.

Exquisite and haunting. Except when it's exquisite and dreamy. This is one of my favorite albums and it's hard to believe this is their first effort. I particularly love "Carousel," which occasionally speeds up aesthetically without actually speeding up rhythmically, and which uses two saxophones to brilliant effect. "Neon Nothing" is stunning and incidentally may change your feelings about the (bass) clarinet. But you don't have to care about clarinets or saxophones or anything fussy to fall deeply for this album. The arrangements are frighteningly intelligent but their impact is entirely visceral. Whatever mood you are in, this album will gloriously change or enhance it.

Biography

Formed: Seattle, WA

Genre: Pop/Rock

Years Active: '00s

Two Loons for Tea is a duo consisting of singer Sarah Scott and instrumentalist Jonathan Kochmer. The duo came together when Switzerland-born Kochmer moved to Seattle after spending years studying biostatistics and evolutionary biology. Scott, who was originally from San Francisco, moved to Washington after a lifetime filled with music due to her parents' ties to the California rock scene. After arriving in Seattle, the two met through a mutual friend and began performing Kochmer's original material...
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