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Avery / Press

“With its smooth locomotive opener of "Lovers", Avery throws their hat in the ring of the growing alt. country/folk circuit emerging in AZ. The combination of cello, guitars(of all sorts, including steel) and the languid, smoky vocals of Mariah Deraet makes for a seductive combination. There is something magical found in the five songs here, something in the way they present homespun, porch-sung, whiskey sipping music that warms the heart and soothes the mind. Sultry and compelling, the record somehow bends time--it's transportational in its delivery and therapeutic in its reflection. There is more thoughtful reverie compressed into five songs than seems possible, and somehow evokes a longer lifetime of experience than seems possible of these young maestros. Do yourself a favor, stare at the night sky and sit back with a fine listen to the debut of Avery.”

“Tempe-based Avery is obviously at home in the desert. For those that have spent any significant amount of time in the Valley, this record certainly puts a sound to the restless, familiar, cautiously-optimistic-yet-lonely-on-the-prairie feeling that living in a place where no one is originally from will cause. There is something to be said about the particular arrangement of the band in pulling off the fully realized inflection of the material in this folky, lo-fi, sometimes up-tempo but not quite upbeat 5 song EP Avery has put forth. The songs sound simple enough during the initial listen, only to have the darker tones resonate once familiarity with the material sets in during later listens. This produces a subtle but very rich bittersweetness to the Avery EP, which is truly a strong showing for a band seeking to define not only confessional inner conflict, but the feeling of nearly an entire young desert region.”