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Matrimony / Press

“One of the first times North Carolina folk-pop band Matrimony played See the Light live, the audience started spontaneously singing the chorus a cappella.”

“Matrimony keeps its rumbling, finely honed sound in the family: the group is fronted by the husband-wife duo Jimmy Brown and Ashlee Hardee Brown, with Hardee Brown's brothers, Jordan and CJ, rounding out the group on drums and banjo/mandolin, respectively. The band made its Columbia debut last year with the EP "Montibello Drive," but based on "Southern Skies," "Montibello Memories" promises to expand upon the rustic sound of that four-song release, with the help of producer Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Gillian Welch).”

“Both strong singers in their own right, the combination of their vocals can be aurally mesmerizing. Along with solid songwriting is the perfect production to allow the voices to shine and acoustic notes to come through clearly. Songs about falling in love perfectly match the couple's emotions. "Last Love" starts the song on an upbeat note with Ashlee singing, only to be followed by "Flee or Flight," an acoustic, finger-picking sonic blanket with the warm vocals of Jimmy Brown painting the picture until Ashlee joins him as the music picks up tempo. Jimmy's Irish influence comes through in the mandolin and organ of "More." Both artists have enough talent to release something solid on their own, but the combination is over the top. I wish I heard music this good on major labels. It's kind of Charlotte's version of She & Him. One of the best albums I've heard this year.”