(31 January 2004)
Eastmountainsouth is a little bit
country and a little bit rock and roll. Kat Maslich
and Peter Adams comprise this contemporary
duo with flowing melodies and beautiful lyrics.
Both Kat and Peter perform the sensitive vocals
and create touching musical interpretations through
their instrumental expertise. From start to finish,
their album's touching songs elicit warmth,
compassion and understanding.
"Hard Times" sets the mood with its inviting
lyrics and instrumental accompaniment. This
distinctive sound is aided by electric guitar, fiddle,
mandola, bass and keys, in addition to Peter's
acoustic guitar and harmonium. "Ghost" portrays
a gentle atmosphere and haunting melodic interlude.
There is a delicateness to Kat's soothing vocals and
acoustic theme accompanied by Peter's mellow
harmonies along with moog and piano. Shane
Fontayne lends to the mood with his electric guitar,
Quinn on drums, Jennifer Condos on bass, and Michael
Froom on keys. Froom, co-produced Eastmountainsouth
along with Peter Adams, and describes the duo as
"Appalachian from both sides of the fence,"
and "Peter is a trained composer who, at times,
brings an Aaron Copland-type harmonic
influence into the mix. And Kat has deep personal
and musical roots in rural Virginia, which
flavors everything she writes and sings."
Their gentleness continues throughout with a
more upbeat melody on "You Dance" and again back
to the dulcet tones in "So Are You To Me" with
stunning fiddle instrumentals by Gabe Witcher.
The lyrics in "Show Me The River" tell a sensitive
story that captures the heartwarming and
sometimes bittersweet, lonesome heartbreak in
The ballads continue with "Rain Come
Down" and the beautiful blended harmonies mixed
with Kat's lofty vocals continue to impress
the listener. "Still Running" and "All The Stars"
showcase the duo's sensitivity and clarity
in the dynamic and soaring vocals. The remainder
of the songs, ending with the bonus track,
"On Your Way," highlight this duo's ability to create
a sweet and clear lyrical sound.
Their music is very original, combining exquisite
vocals and lyrics with peaceful and serene
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Gentle tones and heartwarming
melodies bring Eastmountainsouth to the
forefront, and the album is most definitely an easy
listen.--Audrey Elliot in New York