11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke pare their sound to the bare essentials on Let a Lover Drown You, with crucial assistance from producer John Paul White of Civil Wars fame. Basing the arrangements around acoustic strumming and carefully crafted vocal harmonies (often accompanied by little or nothing else), Baxter and Jahnke employ adventurous melodies on tunes like the intense “Bed Down” and the tenderhearted “Gold” to create gorgeously fragile art folk. Even when the sound expands with the orchestral atmospheres of “Catalogue” or “Until Tomorrow,” it’s always as subtle as it is swoon-worthy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke pare their sound to the bare essentials on Let a Lover Drown You, with crucial assistance from producer John Paul White of Civil Wars fame. Basing the arrangements around acoustic strumming and carefully crafted vocal harmonies (often accompanied by little or nothing else), Baxter and Jahnke employ adventurous melodies on tunes like the intense “Bed Down” and the tenderhearted “Gold” to create gorgeously fragile art folk. Even when the sound expands with the orchestral atmospheres of “Catalogue” or “Until Tomorrow,” it’s always as subtle as it is swoon-worthy.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

45 Ratings

A little boring, but honest music

BrianSwaldi,

It's not exactly my cup of tea - it's a bit too slow and drags. I had to check my pulse a few times, but it's honest music. Real and raw. You can do that if you have this kind of talent. Bonus points for being a rare light of honesty in this fake musical landscape. If it was a bit more upbeat i'd probably be going nuts for this.

Get This Album. No Question.

Davidsondg,

Get the album. Period. If you like original songs backed by legitimate talent look no further. These guys are the real deal.

About Penny & Sparrow

Indie folk singer/songwriter duo Penny & Sparrow formed in 2011 while members Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke were living as roommates at the University of Texas in Austin. Inspired by acts like the Swell Season, Bon Iver, and Mumford & Sons, the two friends began writing and singing together, creating simple acoustic arrangements and recording on a laptop. Their first effort, a three-song EP called Creature, introduced the warm, sincere balladry that would become their calling card. Their debut album, Tenbloom, arrived in 2013 and found their arrangements expanding slightly in scale. Their follow-up, Struggle Pretty, was released a year later, adding lush orchestral layers to their ever-evolving sound. The acclaim and attention garnered from these two independent releases ushered in a record deal with Single Lock Records, an Alabama-based label co-founded by John Paul White (the Civil Wars) and Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes). Both White and Tanner would end up co-producing Penny & Sparrow's 2016 label debut Let a Lover Drown You.

~ Timothy Monger

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