We were on the radio with Andrew Jervis and Cez on KUSF 90.3 on 1/29, you can check it out at www.fridaynightsession.com/home.html
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Plenty of previous dates/links to report with today's featured duo... so let's get started. Our original review of Chatsworth, California-based musicians Jed & Lucia happened well over three years ago, in August 2006, with mention of a debut EP titled Candles In Daylight. Since that time, contact was almost completely lost until we recently began providing occasional updates for their experimental side-project Kite In The Air in April 2009 and November 2009. As an unexpected treat, we can now present the brand new release Many Many EP which consists of five hauntingly beautiful songs to serve as a lovely reminder of how easily our casual gaze through an office window can end up lasting for hours. From the opening guitars and playful electronic accompaniment of the lead track Many Many to a quiet descent in Rigidity, Jed & Lucia leaves us with one of our first favourite listens of 2010.
It's been four long and strenuous years for the duo of Jed & Lucia, whose debut album/EP Candles In Daylight was praised forwards and backwards for the mixture of apocalyptic and sullen thematic realms and the stunningly haunting complement that each of the pair's voices makes for one another. But this month, the pair are releasing another EP, Many Many, a five-track and not-even twenty-minute-long affair that finds them still watching as the fields around them burn, but they're not contently fiddling as Nero would be found to be doing--they're merely enjoying each other's company as whatever will come to (or for) them is most certainly on its way. It's sparse and beautiful, moving but sedate and it sits low and slow in your being for as long as you'll allow it to do so. Which, for us, is quite a while. Also, FYI, both members of J&L (Jed and Emma) had been making music to a degree or two throughout the break, only much of it turned out to be under the moniker of Kite In The Air, also a stellar project.
As a disclaimer, I realize that Jed and Lucia may not fall into the traditional “indie folk genre,” but their music definitely possesses some characteristics that keep this post from being too far-fetched. Now with that said, the reason that I am writing about them is because I believe that they are worth paying attention too and keeping an eye on. They’re straight out of Berkeley and have only released one album (Candles in Daylight) prior to the new EP release. I first listened to them only a few days ago but i can’t help but listen to “Many Many” over and over again after reading about them on My Old Kentucky Blog. It’s a beautiful song, fusing electronic wisps, delicate guitar strumming, and soothing vocals.