MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: ASH & BLOOM - LET THE STORM COME
Out of Hamilton comes this new acoustic duo. Ash & Bloom are Matt McKenna and James Bloemendal, known for their brilliant vocal blend and acoustic songwriting. The pair spend much of their time singing together, usually breaking into harmonies pretty quickly in each song. They go for the heart-tugging stuff for the most part, including the apologetic Your Hero, a guy feeling guilty for breaking somebody's heart and not being the Right One. They have the proper amount of emotion in the voices (i.e., tons) to pull that one off.
Emma-Lee joins on vocals for You Carry Me, which really ups the drama, and harmony fans will love the three-part work. Someday Soon sees the pair move into lighthearted whimsy, a bit like Simon & Garfunkel doing Feelin' Groovy, that sort of vibe. You'll have to enjoy the sweeter side, with the duo's pretty pop featuring strings, gentle percussion and keyboards. The biggest beat they get is from hand claps on Manna For My Soul, an uptempo and fun one, bright and cheerful. I think this may be the exact opposite of heavy metal.