At once naturally funny and deeply serious, Ash & Bloom deliver an honest brand of folky pop music in tight unisons and harmonies. Coming from an extended period of development-in-hiding, this emerging duo is launching out with stirring songs and a show to match.
Since their meeting in a university choir almost a decade ago, music making has been tied to collaboration. Believing the best music comes from the synergy of bringing voices together, Ash & Bloom (James Bloemendal and Matt McKenna) have crafted a sound that requires two people playing, thinking and breathing together. Their show also leans into synergy as their songs turn audiences into unsuspecting choirs.
The collaborative element has spilled into their songwriting process as well. Their new record, to be released in the spring of 2013, is full of songs they wrote together with other artists including Peter Katz, Emma-Lee, Julie C and Caroline Brooks of The Good Lovelies.
Matt and James trade banter and instruments with the ease and familiarity of old friends. It seems they've found a way of making rooms of people feel like they're all in on that friendship too.
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