11 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Trummors, the bewitching folk-rock duo of Anne Cunningham and David Lerner, relocated from Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood to Woodstock, N.Y., where the upstate locale better suits their musical souls. The move makes terrific sense considering their music's meditative and mellow elements, largely dependent on Cunningham’s vocals and the duo’s gorgeous harmonies. Yet there’s a youthful, ’60s-styled pop influence driving the 12-string–based “Strangers from Now On” for a bump in tempo, while their cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain” is so perfectly suited to their vocals that it’s no wonder it’s become a live staple. For Moorish Highway, the duo invited a smart group of backing musicians, including drummer Otto Hauser (Vetiver), guitarist Kevin Barker (Joanna Newsom), bassist James Preston (Zachary Cale), and pedal steel guitarist Marc Orleans, who completes the country feel of “Branches Divide.” With a perfect lineup of songs, the duo clearly beat the sophomore slump with a second album that fulfills the promise of their early work, and that points to a future with great potential.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Trummors, the bewitching folk-rock duo of Anne Cunningham and David Lerner, relocated from Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood to Woodstock, N.Y., where the upstate locale better suits their musical souls. The move makes terrific sense considering their music's meditative and mellow elements, largely dependent on Cunningham’s vocals and the duo’s gorgeous harmonies. Yet there’s a youthful, ’60s-styled pop influence driving the 12-string–based “Strangers from Now On” for a bump in tempo, while their cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain” is so perfectly suited to their vocals that it’s no wonder it’s become a live staple. For Moorish Highway, the duo invited a smart group of backing musicians, including drummer Otto Hauser (Vetiver), guitarist Kevin Barker (Joanna Newsom), bassist James Preston (Zachary Cale), and pedal steel guitarist Marc Orleans, who completes the country feel of “Branches Divide.” With a perfect lineup of songs, the duo clearly beat the sophomore slump with a second album that fulfills the promise of their early work, and that points to a future with great potential.

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About Trummors

Begun in 2010 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, Trummors are a folk-rock duo formed by songwriter Anne Cunningham and longtime New York City musician David Lerner, best known to some for his years of work with Ted Leo & the Pharmacists. The two multi-instrumentalists focus on acoustic instrumentation, incorporating harmonium, fingerstyle guitar, and close-harmony dual vocals into their warm sound. Early on in the group's existence, Cunningham and Lerner moved from Brooklyn's bustle to the considerably calmer surroundings of Woodstock in upstate New York. Trummors' first album, Over and Around the Clove, was released in May of 2012 and reflected their recent change of scenery, with its lushly earthy songs and slightly psychedelic filter on a '70s pop sound. Cunningham and Lerner were joined on the recording by dobro player Marc Orleans and Chris Zaloom on pedal steel. The returned in 2014 with sophomore album Moorish Highway, expanding somewhat on their rustic folk sound with a host of guest musicians.

~ Fred Thomas

ORIGIN
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
FORMED
2010

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