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Soh- Jurn is Bristol’s Richie Haines and Amy Wallace.  This album came my way last night when I met Richie at a coffeeshop.  There was a piano in the back and we goofed through a couple songs together and then swapped CDs.  His floored me.  If you listen you’ll hear a story that will remind you of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová in “Once.”  Two people entangling life and making music in the midst of circumstances that won’t be stopped.  I’m trying to interpret the story happening while wincing at the honesty.

The music drives with the timelessness of a Josh Ritter album, the haunting Telecaster tones and wails of Jeff Buckley, and the refined coolness of Nora Jones.  It was produced by Mike Stevenson who also played bass and drums at Sonic Designs Studio in Bristol.

If one needs to be reminded that “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life (Oscar Wilde),” they will find it in these songs, where the music feels like it absolutely could not have come about in as short of time as it recounts.

Richie and Amy, center


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