I was at Queen Victoria Markets last week, getting some money out of the hole in the wall when these magnificent harmonies drifted into my ears. Once I had finished withdrawing my millions, I turned and saw these guys playing near my beloved American Doughnuts van and a crowd was milling about fairly quickly. Sadly, I only caught the last few songs, but it was enough. The duo is called Amistat, and this is their 2016 album.
I asked them if they were on Facebook and they said that they were, so I hope that this reaches them. I talked about them later in the day and a whole lot of Melbourne folks said that they knew them and that they had appeared at Tamworth. I thought that it must have been on a year that I missed, I would have remembered these guys, but I was there. It is easy enough at Tamworth to miss someone, though, as a lot is going on at once.
It is hard to put the guys into one style. I guess that their music is a bit Celtic, a bit folky, a bit world music styles. With Country Music dividing off into many factions these days, they could fit into the alt. scene well too. Whatever it is classified as, it is really good music.
The boys are twins, Jan and Josef Prasil. It says on their album that they are originally from Europe but in the credits, I have noticed some German words which could narrow it down a bit to Austria, Switzerland or Germany. They seem to firmly ensconced in the Melbourne music scene now. (Our paths are similar!)
They started as buskers in Bourke Street, where most of the best buskers start. They are doing gigs at other places now too and they have released two EP’s and this album so far, with new music coming out very shortly.
Something about their music reminds me of early Simon and Garfunkel as well. It is more than their harmonies and folky sound, it is how their slightly different styles seem to work so well together. I guess with twins, they would be pretty much in sync anyway. I can also hear Oasis, R.E.M and U2 there, strangely enough!
I think that their music would appeal to a wide cross-section of people. On this album, there are some beautiful string sections, some cool guitar solos and a mixture of other instruments complimenting the guys’ voices.
It is an easy to listen to album with the title track one of my favourites with its gentle rhythm and delicate drum beat.
The sounds are soothing and will envelope you very quickly. It is music that is easy to escape into.
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