"Someday" on Bravo's Imposters

We've got some exciting news to share! Our song, "Someday" was featured in the opening scene of Bravo's new show, Imposters. You can hear it in the series premiere, playing as the central characters of the show watch their wedding video. We especially love how it segues into the shows title card!

You can watch the show now on Bravo's website! New episodes every Tuesday on Bravo.

Little Fella Media Sessions

We excited to share the session we filmed with Little Fella Media. They are committed to supporting indie artists, attempting to capture the essence of the live experience by filming performances in a single take - imperfections and all! We did 5 songs with them and will be updating this post as the videos are released. Enjoy!

Rachel Interviewed on The Longest Shortest Time Podcast

We have been longtime listeners and fans of the incredible podcast The Longest Shortest Time. A few years ago, Rachel wrote Hillary Frank as a fan to share "A Lullaby (for Malcolm)." LST featured the song on their blog (you can see the original post here). Then, just a few months ago, Hillary reached out to Rachel to follow up on the story, just as we were planning to go on tour, and the result is the interview and story you hear below:

We are so proud of this story and we're excited to share it with you!

Press for Ballads for Trying Times

We have had a recent string of awesome press for our EP, Ballads for Trying Times. Below, check out a roundup of our favorites

Playback:STL

Ballads for Trying Times is a delectable listen, an emotional journey down a sullen, yet hopeful trail. Garcia and Tran bring together songs that appear written just for the listener, and no one else. A very personal and intimate release. A+

Bitch Media

While the songs explore disenchantment, Garcia's rich, warm voice wraps around you like the softest quilt and Tran's subdued guitar shines at all the right moments, creating somber tracks that are more than palatable and neccessary. 

Pasadena Weekly

Their economically composed songs address challenges and spirit-boosting moments of an artist’s life, with smart commentary on social attitudes

The Deli

The folk-driven duo write baroque lullabies that move along with an ease and fluidity that showcases their musical maturity and sensibility. García’s torchy vocals have a soft spoken tone that can surely alleviate the end of a busy shift, the kind that befits their knack for lilting bossa nova rhythms and lush jazz arrangements.

Elmore Magazine

Garcia’s expression of toil through her floating vocals simmer above Tran’s steady guitar rhythms and his bluesy playing, reflecting their optimism in the midst of self-doubt.

 

Other press for Ballads for Trying Times:

Interview with VENTS Magazine

Interview with The Music Rag

Feature on Indie Band Guru

The Alternate Root - Top Ten Songs of the Week Feature “If You Followed Me / If I Followed You”

Video Feature on Quirky NY Chick

Artist Feature on New Millennium Music

Daily Dig Feature on Music Is My Radar

Bitch Media Backtalk Podcast 

Video Feature on The Alternate Root

Track Feature on Independent Clauses

Writing Process: "Nights & Weekends"

Each of our songs goes through multiple incarnations before we end up with a final version that we both agree on. This writing process has developed over many years of working together, as we learn the best ways to communicate and give feedback, and never compromise for something less than our best writing. Of course, this process can often be fraught and frustrating with each of us fighting to defend the reasons why we love or hate a certain lyric or melody.

The first track on Ballads for Trying Times,  "Nights & Weekends," started in a very different place than where it ended up. It started with Rachel having an idea about the subject matter for the song, which was born out of a fear that all of the work and sacrifice we put into our music would eventually go unnoticed. We were hitting a series roadblocks in our music which caused us to question and doubt ourselves.

The first draft of this song was written in this minor key with a foreboding chromatic walk-down, based on a guitar riff. That, along with the dirge-like tempo, gave the song’s lyrics about the disparity between artistic pursuit and practical adulthood a feeling of a long and tedious slog - familiar to anyone who has had to live their artistic passions on a part-time basis.

After Rachel heard this minor-key demo, she said, “The lyrics are good, but the melody is not quite right. This song sounds like it should be a prayer. We should re-write it as a gospel song.” So we reworked the song in the style of a spiritual or hymn, in a major key, which gave the song a yearning and hope that more accurately reflects the plea of the lyrics. In musical theater, they often talk about “the need to sing,” as in a character’s motivation to break into song - when speaking will no longer suffice. Oftentimes, this reason comes down to persuasion, lamentation or, like in the case of “Nights & Weekends,” prayer. As in, calling out into the void in the hopes that there is some greater force at work on your behalf. What originally was a song about desperation, revealed itself to be a song about hope in the face cynicism.

We always love hearing and reading about different artists' writing processes (a la Song Exploder, one of our favorite podcasts), so we wanted share ours with you. We hope you enjoy it! Here's the final song we ended up with: