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Ike as in Dwight / Press

“ [Ike as in Dwight] played a full set of exuberant folk songs laden with pretty piano melodies and gorgeous vocal harmonies. Vocalist and keyboardist Scott Robins, with his gentle cooing, sounds a little like James Mercer of The Shins. Robin’s voice is understated enough to perfectly complement the singing of Maya Renfro, who also plays guitar. Her strong, clear voice brings every song to a new level. She sounds good when singing softly, but her voice is best suited for belting out lyrics over the rest of the song, like a well-tuned trumpet ringing out. Certainly, the small venue had trouble containing her enormous voice. Ike as in Dwight showed their versatility during the set, which included standout track “Wolves,” which wouldn’t sound out of place on a Fleet Foxes album, a keyboard-only ballad from Robins, a soft, solo piece by Renfro and an endearing and humorous cover of the Pete & Pete Theme Song.”

“From the very first track appropriately titled “Summer” the harmonies of Ike As In Dwight’s Maya Renfro and Scott Robins keep you entranced for the entire length of this well crafted E.P. While Maya strums a soft yet quickly paced guitar Scott accents her work with incredible skill on keys. Nick Robins (Scott’s twin brother) provides us with melodic bass lines keeping in sweet time with drummer John Bergman’s clever use of toms and cymbals. The Blacksburg, VA based band is just over a year old and describes themselves as “organic by nature” giving their use of clean tones and harmonies. I would have to agree, especially when it comes to the title and apparent theme of the album. Like a lot of people, I seem to relate certain records to certain seasons or times of the year. However, with this release I see elements of all seasons proving its lasting power in my player. Did I mention the E.P. is FREE?! Favorite tracks to check out are “Wolves”, “Summer” and “Sunda”