Mark and Margo from Faded Echo first met in a “mountain community” in 2010, Apparently for years they would sing songs in the community and they recently recorded some of them. Perhaps the mountains prefer a certain type of sound. The songs on Two are in a sense timeless. They sing roots, folk, traditional and gospel music that has been around since recording was a medium. Have you seen the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? And remember the music? Suffice it to say the music from Faded Echo would work on that soundtrack.
This is really all about the vocal harmonies from Mark and Margo. The instrumentation is nothing to scoff at but the reason this is such a great EP is because is of the gorgeous harmonies.
They open with “Trouble of the World.” I was on board before I even heard the vocals. The guitar work is slick and dark that is combined with a simple but effective beat. Once the vocal harmonies come into the mix I loved what I heard. Margo’s voice seems to be the more noticeable of the singers but either way the combination sounded just about prefect. As the song progresses you are greeted with white fuzz from the guitar. Great song!
“Side of The Road” definitely had a different flavor. You could argue it felt more contemporary. It’s a folk song but it felt a little more aligned with pop music. They go back to traditional and gospel roots music with “You Gotta Move.” The song is built on a standard blues progression but man the delivery is fantastic and feels as pure as a morning sunset.
The duo closes with “Atmosphere” which like “Side of The Road” had a more contemporary folk vibe to my ears. It’s a melancholy yet hopeful sounding song that worked as a closer.
Two is easy to appreciate. The singing and melodies are fantastic, I’m a fan and think you might be too. Take a listen and make sure to check out their first EP as well.
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