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Famous October

One Day Baby – 2016 (Pillow Song)

Reviewed by Lee Zimmerman

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If "One Day Baby" seems like an unusually upbeat title, there's ample reason why. Famous October is a smoothly sashaying twosome creating music that coasts on gilded harmonies, a soaring soprano and lilting strings, all of which add up to a profoundly upward gaze. Although the pair come from different parts of the planet - singer/guitarist Rene Coal Burrell from Switzerland, his wife, co-vocalist, singer and cello player Sara Bowman from Davenport Ia. - the two have found common ground in an elegiac folk-like muse that resonates with shared purpose.

"One Day Baby" is the duo's first combined effort, although the kudos they've attained so far, in Europe especially, suggest they're off to an auspicious start. That's due in large part to the couple's obvious symmetry, a supple blend of voices and accompaniment that become particular apparent with the seductive, sinewy groove of "The Frost," the brightly effusive "Firsts and Lasts" and the unusually rousing title track, not to mention the delicate, dream-like drift of "Falling Over" and the easy sway that bolsters "Why Things Are Different." The music is casual but considered, a sound that reflects an assured presence and a gilded pedigree as well.

Ultimately, Famous October may have to go the extra distance in hopes of rising above the noise of the competition. There's is a sound built on subtlety and nuance, hardly the most durable traits in popular music today. Nevertheless, it's refreshing to find two artists who dare to deliver music that requires focus, concentration and the need to lean in to listen on occasion. With "One Day Baby," Famous October have made a promising bow, and contrary to their handle, a sound suitable for all seasons.