Two Loons For Tea
self titled debut CD
Two Loons for Tea's self-titled debut is an innovative and lively recording... at the center of the project are two gifted artists who have eloquently and articulately brought their musical ideas and cross-genre influences to the fore: Jonathan Kochmer and Sarah Scott. Kochmer and Scott's musical and artistic bond is quite apparent on this record, and the unity that you hear in their recordings lets you know that they've mastered the art of collaborative songwriting. Kochmer's introspective guitar playing is the nucleus of the songs that make up this recording, and Scott's vocals and lyrics compliment the guitar so well that it seems that these two individual timbral voices are one. The music on Two Loons for Tea moves between somber and lively; the emotional landscape in between is bridged by a variety of ethnic and orchestral instruments -- including vibes, viola, erhu, and tabla -- that seem to breathe new life into the compositions... providing a bit of an experimental and eclectic streak to most of the works that make up this recording. This is an interesting recording that's quite dark and elusive. This recording has a bit of a singer/songwriter feel, but it's more eclectic and more diverse than most of the recordings in that genre, thus making it hard to pin this down to a specific genre. Fans of good music that's both fresh and interesting will be pleased with this release. - Matt Borghi, All Music Guide
"An album of tremendous intelligence and range."
- CD Baby
I have been utterly obsessing over the eponymous debut album of a Seattle group, Two Loons for Tea. This is a wonderful combination of jazz, pop, trip hop, electronica, atmospheric guitar, and great raspy/rich vocals. I've been listening to their files at mp3.com for quite a while, but listening to the album as a whole has been a revelation. There's something about their sound that is just what I want to hear right now -- the mix of smoothness with liveliness and depths of the flowing sound. And of course the great guitar and vocals. Heavenly.
- The Ectophile's Guide to Good Music
"Big fish little pond? Why this band thinks it needs to be on garagband.com or the Internet at all is a complete mystery to me. I'm not saying 'go away you should not be here' -- I'm saying how did it happen that this perfectly produced pop gem wasn't snatched up the instant it left the studio and isn't on ultra heavy rotation already? What the HELL is going on here?"
"Dark and brooding work with exquisite vocals inspired by late nights spent with Jarmusch and Borges."
"I've been following Two Loons on mp3.com for awhile. It's nice to see a band from mp3 take off. The CD is exactly as the band said. Much warmer on disk. They have a very lush sound that is reminicent of bands from 4AD. Good use of textures and layered sounds make this a great cd to listen to on a breezy late night driving by a lake as the moon reflects off its surface. It's hard not to put tranquil pictures to their music. Best CD of its music type I've heard this year."
- peardly (Amazon.com customer)
"Nice trippy ambient vibe. I would buy this and I'd be willing to bet my friends would too."
- snookyvox (Racine, Wisconsin)
"[Two Loons for Tea is] one of those really good bands not many people have heard of yet. It is to be hoped that this recording, the result of 10 years of collaboration between primary members Jonathan Kochmer and Sarah Scott, will change that; this is really good stuff, although like a lot of really good stuff, it's very difficult to describe. Kochmer, the ensemble’s main instrumentalist and composer, draws on so many musical influences that in less capable hands the result would be a mish-mash, but instead what you get are tuneful, finely crafted soundscapes that might have started life as folk tunes or pop ditties before taking a sharp left turn into experimental territory. Then there's vocalist Scott, who avoids the usual female-vocalist pigeonholes by simply transcending all of them. She may sound like Marianne Faithfull on one song, or like Tori Amos on another, but such comparisons aren't really adequate. Overall, this is intelligent, mind-altering stuff, and it's even legal."
- The Tablet magazine
"I absolutely LOVE the 2nd track. Who is the sexy woman singer? It absolutely kills! It's very fresh. I like the dark lush exotica of the music. Definitely good "body play" music. The transition from 6 to 7 is sudden and very nice. I'm glad of funky happiness on 5. #8 has me writing to my friend in Italy about Nymphs. The 9th is film-noir beautiful and aching."
- Courage DeLeon (Seattle, Washington)
"You guys (gals) rock. The band is solid. The recording is excellent and vocals are awesome. I want to hear more."
- coryrauch (Holtsville, New York)
"Effortless. I get Shawn Colvin, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, Sheryl Crow, in fact -- so much more. John Martyn?... Top stuff this. Top stuff."
- kingpinweb (Glasgow, UK)
"As a disabled pensioner, who cannot afford to purchase CDs in Australia, where they cost up to $30, I am very grateful that I can download your songs. Hope you have a successful and inspirational year. Peace and Love"
- Geoff King (Australia)
"Ear Candy... It's so refreshing to hear such well done, really original music, since what the mainstream (MTV and commercial radio) steadily feeds its listeners is such rehashed pap. Thank you!"
- Zen (New York City, New York)
"Dark soul music for a new generation great vocals -- and i love the drum 'n' bass beats... good hooks and a strong production. An original sound that contains familiar elements... I hear a Tricky and perhaps Portishead influence. this is the first worthy track I've heard all day... good work!"
- Poprobot (Seattle, Washington)
"Reminds me of Björk... I honestly can't say that about any body else than Björk herself. But still the vocals are still distinctive I think it's the nuances you've made with the background vocals that sound like Björk."
- Sunplow (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
"I love you little girl! Best thing I have heard today! I think I'm in love with you."
- sco44 (Muncie, Indiana)
"Moody. I like the eerie melody. Cool feel and groove."
- irecord (Madison, Wisconsin)
"Jungle with real instruments...The jungle-style beat really works great. Liked especially the female vocals, but the whole music works very well."
- Mikko (Helsinki, Punavuori, Finland)
"Great stuff. Very cool song... I loved the voice and the beat is great... Only the second '5' I've given out!"
- Fugazme (Quincy, Illinois)
"Purple, sweet, sexy. Very well done. Lilting melodies and beautiful vocals."
- Alienate (Brooklyn, New York)
Moodland. I like the ambient quality. The production is nice. Good clarity on the cymbals. Good percussion all around."
- luxuryman (Seattle, Washington)
"Good Song. I really like the feel of this song from the start. The percussion really adds depth."
- Confvsed (St. Peters, Missouri)
"Groovy, chilly, good stuff. Freakin' great, good job people"
- neilroy (Austin, Texas)