The Avett Brothers, “I and Love and You”
You may be skeptical at first, but you just need to embrace the country harmonies of the Avett Brothers. Okay, so only two of the three “brothers” are actually Avetts, but the way these boys’ voices blend, you wouldn’t know the difference. (Definitely better than the Brothers Jonas, that is for sure.) The Avett Brothers basically play country music for the indie set without crossing into the alt-country sphere of Ryan Adams, Wilco, etc. In reality, they play Americana, the current indie genre du jour. With contemporary “folk” artists taking on an increasingly more expansive sound, this larger folk-mixed-with-a bit-of-country sound has fallen under “Americana” out of convenience. Regardless of what you label it, the Avett Brothers do “it” well. Just listen to “I and Love and You,” the title track off their forthcoming Rick Rubin-produced major label debut. From the gorgeous piano accompaniment to the tasteful strings to the aforementioned harmonies, the track is luscious and listenable in every way. Give it a try: I guarantee you’ll be instantly pining for I and Love and You‘s September release. I know I am.
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