TWO CIRCLES

The Un­der­world & You

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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

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