A few days ago, I receive an email about Jack + Eliza, a duo that I had never heard of before. The email opened with this: “They’re young kids. Still in College. Out of NYC. They’ve known each other for years via mutual friends but only linked up to make music together recently. They paired up and started making some folky sun-drenched pop with a bit of a high lonesome lilt.”
I was intrigued, as I do enjoy the “folky sun-drenched pop” sound… and throw in a “bit of high lonesome lilt” to it? I’m sold. I click on the link to listen, and I said, “Wowzers.”
Sometimes, that’s all you can say. That, and “Sure, supersize it,” but that was a long time ago.
So after listening to their song, “Hold the Line,” I found this awesome picture of the two…
Being a musician myself, I was amazed to see that Jack is playing the Curt Cobain signature Fender Jaguar guitar. You can tell by the silver volume/tone nobs, the three-way switch in the lower horn, and the binding on the fretboard. If I’m wrong, then I want to know what those modifications do on that particular guitar, and where he got it done. If I am right, then somebody owes me a lollipop. Grape.
Yes, I judge musicians by the gear they play. It’s like judging a book by it’s cover. We all do it, even though we don’t admit we do. If book covers didn’t matter, then every book would look like this one:
Oh, wait… I find absolutely nothing wrong with that last one.
Anyhow, Jack + Eliza’s wonderful harmonies are showcased in “Hold the Line,” as well as their unique songwriting. Their press release gives this description: “Their voices to coalesce into a sparse landscape of melancholy memories, narrating a bittersweet nostalgia built on radiant layers of sound.”
I’d say that sums it up. Take a listen and look for their debut EP, No Wonders on September 23rd via Yebo Music
Here’s a video of the duo performing the song live… in black in white!
Totally dig it. And so should you.
Jack + Eliza will be performing in Brooklyn, NY on August 23 at Glasslands w/ Ski Lodge