Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke are Penny & Sparrow
; a duo who will send an emotional jolt through your body with their simple, yet smoldering compositions. That tingle you're feeling? That's the result of perfect two-part harmonies, lapped upon the shores by warm and gentle waves of acoustic guitar.
Dropping in on the sessions we captured at EAR Studios in Austin Texas this spring, Kyle and Andy were returning home, in a way. Penny & Sparrow met at The University of Texas, but had somewhat recently relocated to Florence Alabama; a small city they didn't know they needed in their life...until they had it in their life. One reason for the move was the rich, musical environment of that corner of Alabama. John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars, lives up the street from the boys. So does Ben Tanner (aka Styrofoam Jones) from the Alabama Shakes. So it makes a whole lotta sense that they enlisted both musicians to assist on recording their stunning new album, Let A Lover Drown You
. It's an album with little musical-embellishment; what you see (or hear, rather) is what you get. And what you get are songs seeped in poetry, romanticism, and a wee bit spirituality. Fans of Glen Hansard, Mumford and Sons, and The Civil Wars...Penny & Sparrow should be your new favorite band.
If all this sounds too deadly serious, don't worry...Kyle and Andy also happen to be two of the funniest fellows we've ever had the pleasure to sit down with. Interspersed between devastating performances from the group's new album, the two friends talk of their mutual physical attraction for each other, creeping on John Paul White, and the unfortunate story of the blogger they had to kill so that the name Penny & Sparrow could be theirs.
Let A Lover Drown You
is available now. Pick it up HERE