This summer has been filled with a variety of musical genres and styles, but we have not had a lot of minimalist acoustic folk. That changes today! Jetty Rae, a friend of Lemonade Magazine and who dropped her own solo album, Can’t Curse The Free earlier this year, reached out to us to introduce her brand new project, with singer/songwriter Heath Mcnease, called Pen Pals. With their album, I Disappear, on the horizon for a late August release, the duo have found a wonderful balance of flowing, dreamy harmonies and lovely, tender melodies that are both engaging and entertaining.
If there were some sort of comparison, a fair assessment would be a gentler, more harmonic version of The Civil Wars. The depth and sadness in Jetty Rae‘s vocals, especially on “Devils”, blended with the Heath Mcnease‘s friendly, embracing voice creates this dichotomy of hot and cold. There is so little actual instrumentation throughout I Disappear that it really highlights the the vocal talent of both artists.
While the subject matter may be a little more adult in natures, the entirety of the album could be used as a lullaby or the backdrop of watching the sunset over the ocean. Pen Pals have found a niche that has recently been vacated by the majority of current artists who have flocked toward electronic distortions and synth beats, but the duo has stayed true to their folk roots by playing organic, analog music.
So if you are looking for something that is about creating music that is as gentle as a fresh paint brush across your skin and as relaxing as floating down a river on a lazy summer day, then I Disappear by Pen Pals is the LP to get.
The album, I Disappear by Pen Pals, will be available on September 11, 2017 but is available for pre-order now on iTunes and do not forget to check out the music video for “I Disappear” below!