Music Review of a Submission!
(The Butler and the Maid are a Seattle based, husband-wife duo whose new album, intertwined, was released October 1, 2013 on Bandcamp. Check them out here!)
Track 1 | One for Me
Right off the bat I get strong Jade and Alexander (ESATMZ) vibes from these two. A modern folk song that builds up perfectly and strongly. The faint horns are absolutely wonderful, the beat is steady throughout the entire track, and the stomping and clapping is so organic and pure sounding which makes me so happy. The male solo part (Mattaniah) is a great addition that adds variety towards the middle of the song. The harmonies sound on point throughout, and the ending vocals seem stripped down and you can easily tell just how talented these folks are.
Track 2 | Great Unknown
I am absolutely speechless. This song is so peaceful and it puts you at ease. It’s a simple song, but it is extremely effective and memorable.
Track 3 | I See You Everyday
The intro horn reminded me of revile at camp which was nostalgic and nice. Overall, the instrumentation in this track is impeccable. It all blends together perfectly. The childish piano works so well and don’t even get me started on the background sax because it adds so much to the song. The male vocals remind me so much of Glen Hansard. I got lost in this song and truly enjoyed every second of it.
Track 4 | Shadows
The intro to this one is very different from the previous tracks. The very Spanish sounding guitar makes the song have a mysterious and jazzy mood. The different pace really helps the female vocalist (Ericka) stand out and it made me notice her talent a lot more (not that I had any doubts, seriously, this woman can sing). A harmonica is introduced later in the song and such a little part made me love the song even more. The harmonies are added at just the right parts making this track one of my favorites.
Track 5 | Intertwined
Again, the intro is lovely. For some reason throughout the entire song I kept thinking about how it could be a song for a romantic scene on Broadway. (I’m not sure if that’s a compliment for some people, but to me it indeed is). I love the build up of the song and the vocals seem more insecure and vulnerable making it a very emotional track.
Track 6 | You Were Right
The beginning sort of reminded me of Of Monsters and Men with the different sounds. The vocals get deeper on this song, which caught me by surprise, but they work so well. Another peaceful song on the album. Overall, I think I like the lyrics stand out above the rest of the parts on this track.
Track 7 | Bitter Root
This is probably my favorite intro in terms of instrumentals. This song is the most up beat out of all of them and you best believe I had my foot tapping along. I can picture myself singing this song in the car and in the shower and basically everywhere. It is a powerful song that adds variety to the record.
Track 8 | Slow Down
The intro is super emotional. The lyrics are extremely powerful. The deep background vocals are intriguing and the strings towards the end are magic. This is without a doubt my favorite track on the record and I have listened to it endlessly.
Track 9 | Let’s Get It Right
Are those pan flutes in the intro? Clarinet? How can I not tell the difference? Anyway, they sound amazing. It sounds a little Jack Johnson-y to me which is always a good thing, and overall it has a good message and sounds youthful and fun.
Track 10 | Lay By My Side
Not much else I can say other than it was a nice way to end the album. Very calm and easy going.
I am very impressed with this album. These two have such great talent and I hope to see them go far. Things that were consistent include: great harmonies, impressive horn sections, and peaceful vibes. Finding an album that actually sounds like people is hard to find these days, but ladies and gentleman, look no further, may I introduce you to: The Butler and the Maid.