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Indie-folk musicians Jenn Rawling and Basho Parka’s debut album Take the Air is an enchanting 10-track album. The duo’s creativity shines in every song. The majority of the songs feature nature imagery and have a poetic feel.
The first track, “Big Old Lake,” is one of the best on the album. It’s instantly engaging and catchy enough to start singing along on the first listen.
“Whistle Bird” is pleasant, especially with the whistling in the background. The song begins with the lyrics, “Have you ever heard / The whistle of your lovers bird / Flying around in the chambers of your heart.”
The next two songs, “Oh Delia” and “Hug You Hug” have strong vocals and instrumentals. “Oh Delia” has a more country feel with a banjo playing throughout. “Hug You Hug” features a trumpet and has a unique sound.
“Gather it Up” is a beautiful song with music and vocals matching the lyrics perfectly. It has a very fresh feel, as if you’re actually in the natural place the lyrics describe. One of my favorite lines is: “I see the light dancing on the green grasses green stems movement / Slowly and fastly and slowly and fastly and slowly.”
“Lonely Owl” has a haunting vibe, but it’s captivating and the trumpet makes it even more unique. I found myself singing along easily after the first listen.
“Wallflowerness” is pretty and focuses on a girl who was a wallflower, but then was noticed and changes. The next song, “Tidal” is beautiful and unforgettable.
Rawling’s voice shines on the song and the instrumental parts are soothing.
“Little Swallow” is catchy with a country feel. Like many of the other songs, there are parts that focus on the beauty of nature. The last song “Leaving so Soon” feels similar to other break-up songs when it comes to lyrics, but the melody helps it feel even more melancholy.
Take the Air is a wonderful album. “Big Old Lake” and “Gather it Up” are personal favorites, but all of the songs flow nicely and are charming. Rawling’s voice is beautiful throughout the album. The lyrics are touching, interesting, and definitely creative. The variety of instruments help make Jenn Rawling and Basho Parka unique from various other indie-folk duos.
To listen to the entire album for free, visit their official website and click on the music player at the top of the page.