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Following the release of their first record, Transplants, The Comforters quickly found ears from around the world tuned to the bittersweet in life. Radio programs in the U.S. and Europe played “Lazy Sundays” and “I Want To Rock”. Most recently, “I Want To Rock”, was featured in the movie Girls Named Pinky that debuted at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. Their song "Saturday Night" was featured in the popular BBC drama, Skins.
The Comforters follow the emotional punch they delivered on Transplants with a knockout blow of ten alternatingly heartbreaking and heartwarming songs on their new record, Two Piece Orchestra. “We had some huge highs and some huge lows in our lives and those experiences definitely made their mark on this record,” says Pia. “For some of the songs, like “Would It Break Your Heart?” and “Gibraltar,” it wasn’t until we had recorded them and lived with them for a while that we realized, “Oh boy, that’s what that song is about.” “This is both the record we wanted to make and the record that, I think, we had to make – for us,” adds Jason, “We’re extremely proud of this record.”
Two Piece Orchestra maneuvers expertly between sparse acoustic ballads, jovial ditties, and glorious indie/chamber pop. The light-hearted title track opens the record with Pia innocently singing, “I play air timpani with the Boston Symphony, hello,” as an endearing Belle and Sebastian-like ensemble of acoustic guitar, glockenspiel, and trombone join her. “Would It Break Your Heart?” opens slowly with a solo nylon-stringed acoustic guitar and builds gradually, Wilco-like, to its climax of acoustic and electric guitar, organ, piano, melllotron and drums (courtesy of founding Wilco member, Ken Coomer).
Fans of folk, indie pop, chamber pop, and plain old great songwriting should find Two Piece Orchestra a beautiful and welcome addition to their record collection.