Austin-made singer-songwriter duo Penny & Sparrow dwells in the spaces left between contradictions and opposing force. In fact, it’s where they’re most at home.
Opposites themselves, vocalist Andy Baxter (lover of books and climate-controlled coffee shops) and composer Kyle Jahnke (seeker of adventure, preferably outdoors), sacrificed most semblances of comfort and certainty in their lives to take their self-released recordings they made after meeting as University of Texas roommates to the next level: full-time, D.I.Y., coast-to-coast touring.
Their gorgeous, almost luminescent harmonies paired with cutting, contemplative songs, inspired by a musical grab bag of Simon and Garfunkel, Slim Whitman, The Swell Season, Bon Iver, even Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, earned the duo a nationwide legion of fans; many bordering on, if not, obsessed. Just ask their wives who tour manage them.
Sweden's My Larsdotter and Iceland’s Bubba Tomasdottir are sisters linked not by blood but seemingly shared past lives. Together as My Bubba, the two create soulful folk music which is both sultry and refined. Having co-written numbers in the households of household names (Matthew E. White, Noah Georgeson), the duo have found a comfortable place at a table of kindred spirits. Sonically sparse, the songs these women weave are laced with dark humor and clever bite. Sunday morning with the creeping sense of Saturday night's mistakes, black tea with a drop of honey. My Bubba's sound ushers in the heaviness while leaving nothing but room to breathe. This is sensual, unhurried music, with changes that take their time to reveal themselves. Simultaneously strange and familiar, like milk from another planet.