The Underworld & You
We’re accustomed to singing siblings, but Two Circles’ Nick and Noah de Grunwald are a father-son combo, bringing a generational twist to the proceedings. For the most part, father Nick sings the melodies and son Noah, whose DNA has provided him with a wispy countertenor, overhangs the harmonies. Two Circles’ default setting is Simon & Garfunkel circa Sounds Of Silence, and the more intimate fingerpicked cuts, including “Ballet In A Rainstorm”, “Lodestar” and the subtly ornamented “Quatre Vents”, float along like cirrus clouds. The de Grunwalds’ delicate balance is thrown off when the instrumentation gets busy on “Portland Oregon” and “Tumbledown”, but they’re right at home on the clever everly Brothers homage “Cadence Love”.
A father and son find common ground in folky harmonising