The Australian siblings delve into schmaltzy '50s jazz pop on their new single.
Children of an Irish folk musician father and a Parisian mother, siblings Emma and Tom Hamilton already have a long history as musicians, with Tom producing Emma's 2012 jazz album La Musique. After an extensive tour with Australian jazz artist Tommy Emmanuel, they decided to become a duo, the Hamiltons were created, and now they have a brand new single, the retro-swinging jazz pop tune "Paranoid", ready for release next month. Which, as luck would have it, you can listen to below.
"Our song 'Paranoid' is heavily influenced by '50's horror films, and is quite cinematic in that sense," they tell PopMatters "We used old-sounding instruments such as banjo, and some jazz flavours with the trumpet and trombone, and juxtaposed this with a modern sense of paranoia that is very common today. This song was a game changer for us in developing our sound, where we bridged the gap between traditional jazz instrumentation and hardening it with heavier drums sounds, programming and blending the old with more contemporary production."