Cicada Rhythm, the indie folk duo comprised of Andrea DeMarcus (vocals/standup bass) and Dave Kirslis (vocals/guitar), have cobbled together one of the years best debut albums. The self-titled platter meanders its way through folk, rock and Americana with DeMarcus and Kirslis anchoring the proceedings with their terrific songwriting, first-rate musicianship and ear-pleasing harmonies.
There isn’t a misstep to be found on their self-titled release, a 12-track, 43-minute collection of sonic goodness. With the classically trained DeMarcus plucking away on her bass and Kirslis doing some spirited finger-picking of his own, it’s easy to get lost in these terrific tunes.
Cicada Rhythm come out of the gate a little slowly with so-so entry “The Keeper,” but soon hit their stride. They serve up a series of standouts in “Dirty Hound,” “In the Garden,” “Static in My Dream,” “Round Yellow Suitcase,” “I’m Sorry Charlene,” “Werewolf” and “Ms. Eloise.” If this terrific record is any indication of what’s to come from this talented twosome, Cicada Rhythm’s future is very bright indeed. (Jeffrey Sisk)