Jack Shoudy (guitar/vocals) Emily MacDonald (vocals) Ethan Stauffer (piano/organ/vocals) Aaron "Goldie" Goldner - (Bass) and Joe Venango (Drum) are Darlingtyn. The band from Pennsylvania recently released a five song self-titled EP.
They play folk music with a dose of Americana. It’s nothing new but well is crafted music that feels like something I would hear at a traditional folk festival
They open with “Shoo Fly Pie” where Macdonald takes the lead vocals. She sounds good and the song at times has an almost showtunes type vibe. It’s a bit melancholy until the drums come in which really changes the feel of the song. The lyrics are really straightforward and simple to understand. It’s a solid song but I can’t say it was a highlight for me.
I preferred the vocals harmonies on “Funerals”. They balance each other out well and enjoyed the vocal delivery which had the essence of a traditional folk song. The centerpiece felt like “Helen & Robert” to my ears. It’s a long song at seven and a half minutes and slowly grows with intensity. The swelling fiddle sounds great when combined with the warmth of the guitar.
The band wisely brings up the energy with “She” where the full band plays. They get into light rock territory on this track. They close with “Old Crow” which was a great choice for a closer. The song had a celebratory feel to it that evokes imagery of people drinking beer, having fun on a Sunday morning and appreciating life.
The production was solid throughout and fit the music. I thought the strings in general really shined. The EP was pretty eclectic and showed off the band's diversity. On top of that the flow of the five songs had a dynamic feel to it which made it fun and easy to listen to in sequential order.
Overall, I felt this was a solid EP. If you are looking for well crafted folk song, look no further.
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