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The Spring Standards 3/24/14 + Video

The Spring Standards 3/24/14 thespringstandards.com
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  • Date Recorded: March 24, 2014
  • Artist / Band: The Spring Standards
  • Hosting Show: Gold Soundz
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

Expanding upon sounds first captured in their childhood, the Spring Standards offer listeners a dulcet escape into a vivid world of folk, story-telling and hushed instrumentation.

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James Cleare, Heather Robb and James Smith first crossed paths musically as youths, but grew apart as time and circumstance built walls between them. The three tunesmiths were apparently not meant to be estranged and reunited in New York City where the trio picked up right where they had left off, boasting 60s and 70s-era folk with a twist of modernity.

For this Live at KDHX session, the band performed four songs from their 2012 record, "Yellow//Gold." Standing quiet and tender, "Crushing Pennies" has an inexplicable, forlorn ebullience brought forth by the rhythm of the acoustic guitar, which seemingly aims to conjure the rush of the train coming to crush the hapless copper coin. On "Chicago," a melodica cries with longing for a much-missed lover.

"Watch the Moon Disappear" plays out with a sultry mood that finds Robb helming the vocals and distinguishing herself emotionally from her love, "I'm not like you," she sings, while her bandmates masterfully distinguish the Spring Standards from the rest of the field.

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