Rooms for Adelaide
NORTH BAY BOHEMIAN- "Oakland duo Mia and Jonah, is an early candidate for one of those year-end 'Best Music You Never Heard in 2008'_ lists. Sounds like a made-inheaven coupling of Martha Wainwright and Iron & Wine's Sam Beam. An earthy blues inflects but never overtakes their voices, and the music benefits from a very roomy, natural feel." TUNEJAR - "Mia and Jonah infuse the American folk tradition with their authentic story-telling and unassuming performance style. Lyrically intimate and melodically poignant, Mia and Jonah's blend of temperate guitar, harmonica, and drums recalls the likes of Iron & Wine, Devendra Banhart, Jana Hunter, and M. Ward. Sweetly sorrowful and lushly orchestrated, Mia and Jonah are unassuming and express their innermost experiences simply and purely. Genuine, timeless and telling." GLIDE MAGAZINE- "(Their) music helped me make an important connection: the dichotomies inherent in life are the essence of what it's all about. They aren't ugly or beautiful; they are both simultaneously. Through their music, Mia and Jonah dissect the nature of existing and honor life, especially it's tumultuous weather and confusing times... I hope I can always do the same." EUGENE WEEKLY- "Likely to stir audiences from the magical trance induced only by those special performers who create what they live and live what they create." EAST BAY EXPRESS- 'Ribbons of dark, Waits-like Americana and deeper layers... promise to eventually reveal themselves.' MUSIC MORSELS- "This Oakland based singer/songwriter duo create mesmerizing music, blending their diverse vocal styles in haunting, soul-tugging harmony. Jonah is a midground between Sting and Cat Stevens, while Mia channels Bonnie Raitt through a gritty wail ala Janis. Their lyrics are heartfelt and intelligent, augmented by edgy, rootsy blues folk sprinkled with enough instrumental prowess to make you notice that as well." NASCENT MAGAZINE- "The twosome's lush harmonies and minimalist instrumentation take a backseat to quaking vocal delivery and consoling lyrics that show empathy for tales of woe. Mia's ruddy growl naturally resonates with hard luck, while Jonah's countrified drawl constructs an unconditional beacon of hope... a hushed duet reminiscent of Irish troubadour Damien Rices collaborations with Lisa Hannigan," HYBRID MAGAZINE - "It is like they are speaking in your ear, infiltrating your mind and helping you to see more clearly through the foggy thoughts that hamper your way." SF BAY GUARDIAN- "When Mustari takes the mic, the sound becomes a hybrid of Norah Jones and Melissa Etheridge. Her deep, jazzy voice works best when backed by Blumstein's, which prompts comparisons to a less somber Elliott Smith. The duo are at their strongest when the harmonies ring out." THE DAILY VAULT - "Mia & Jonah present music for the mind as well as the ear... The lyrics, tell the story just as well as the music -- like all great folk songs.' EVOLUTION OF MEDIA - "Although the duo create sounds that will instantly remind of bands like Iron & Wine and the Shins, there are enough left turns and curve balls to give one the impression that the two are up to something quite different. Mia--who sounds like a cross between Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow--blends well with Jonah, whose voice is reminiscent of Elliott Smith's, to create an interesting harmony fusion. From there the songs range from the waltz-tempo "Morning Hymnal" to the haunting "Rooms", with each holding distinct pleasures of it's own... Rooms For Adelaide is a fascinating piece of work that gets better and exposes more layers on each listen."
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