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Ramon and Jessica

Fly South

(Porto Franco; US: 21 Feb 2012; UK: Import)

Dina Maccabee (Ramon) and Jesse Olsen Bay (Jessica) return with 12 songs of sunshine and joy. The third overall release from the San Francisco-area duo reveals that quirk can have depth and lasting appeal as demonstrated through tracks such as “Waltz #3: In Which Coffee Becomes Wine” and “The Words You Know”, a beautiful ‘60s inflected meditation on what becomes of us when we sleep. “Maybe It’s the Times” is an amazing slice of bossa nova and the opening track, “At the Beginning of the End of the Empire”, is the perfect brand of off kilter. If the record seems at time to carry a sameness from track to track, no matter the stylistic shifts, that’s just part of the charm.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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