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Homesick Elephant / Press

“Indie-folk duo with devastatingly charming harmonies...”

“....totes an impressive full-length record called The Pilgrim and The Pen, celebrating its Philly release this weekend. The new album mixes the duo’s introverted K Records sensibilities with massive country-folk skill – Kelly’s fingerpicking is almost as impressive as FitzSimmons’ vocal delivery. To knock it out of the park, the orchestral ebb and flow across the album — particularly on “Quiet As A Mouse”—will break your heart. Catch their early North Star set and remind them to visit more often.”

“...like a less electronics-oriented Stars or a less soporific Iron & Wine...”

“...their get-simple performance was what impressed the most. With just two microphones and a guitar, they struck the right blend of K Records and Sun Records, coming off sentimental, but sincere; comical, but convincing. Kelly proved nimble on the fretboard, fingerpicking most songs in studied folk patterns, while FitzSimmons’s voice is a veritable instrument on its own, one that cooed with warmth and comfort but also required her to back away from the mic on the louder moments to keep the mix even.”

“Though once native to Philadelphia, Homesick Elephant (Kevin Kelly and Sara FitzSimmons) have a rapidly growing fanbase in LA, all thanks to their tasteful collection of quirky folk tunes and sunny-side-up live sets. It's intimate joy with two harmonious singers, a guitar, and the occasional glockenspiel. Think Virginia Woolf meets Simon and Garfunkle in a Skittles commercial. Their sound is full of color and whimsical tales which come through ten-fold in a live environment. At the Tangier -- one of the loudest bars in LA -- Homesick Elephant recently played to a quiet and engaged crowd. And with their unconventional songwriting chops Homesick Elephant's music seems virtually tangible.”

“They find inspiration for their hyperkinetically maudlin ditties in Wes Anderson’s films and soundtracks, and those who appreciate the colliding emotions, precious British Invasion nuggets and unsettling pauses which are the hallmarks of those features will likely dig their sound.”