DA and the Jones - Sirens as reviewed in The Phantom Tollbooth

Great harmony and duets with simple backing make Sirens one for the 2014 summer collection.


Artist:            DA & The Jones
Label:            Riparian Records
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Duration:        10 tracks, 32:20

After three years of collaboration and one 2013 EP in Electric Love, Mindy Jones and Daniel Ahearn of DA & The Jones hit the bulls eye with Sirens. The soft yet strong male tones of Ahearn’s vocals are the perfect match for the sultry vocal qualities of Jones’. Together their duets take on a life of their own. Each song’s vocal inflection emphasizes its storyline. All of this with delicate underlying acoustic-based arrangements support the collection.

Siren’s collection contains well-written and performed songs at times a little folky, at times a little country along the popular lines of The Civil Wars with relationship songs simply and artfully crafted. What stands on its own are the simplistic and solid compositions accompanying flowing, well matched duets with the vocals of Jones and Ahearn playing off each other. Beautifully produced and mixed, simple and easy, each song finds its way into your head with a familiar personal feeling given the sharp and meaningful lyrics.

The opener, “Sirens”, displays agood duet with an echo affect embracing the lyrics feel. With solid piano and percussion, this is a great headphone tune! “I Owe You” is a hard-hitting tune with soft and sensual lyrics and terrific vocal inflection telling its story. This is nothing if not beautiful in its sincerity. Soft snare brushing and acoustic guitar picking lay the foundation for the heartfelt story of love and loss in short-term relationships in the tune “Make It Right”. Note the delicate sparkling undertones of chimes enhancing the refrain’s harmony.

“Love Lights The Way” is soft and light featuring Jones’ vocals leaving the haunting remembrance of love’s power. While the percussion and piano support, the tambourine could easily be softened. Sounding much like the energy of _The Vespers_, “Take Me Home” opens to a New Orleans-like drunken funeral march. Every album needs a break for recall and this is it. Note the echo chamber effect at song’s end while keeping its memory fresh for the listener.

Minus the one or two country or too-slow tunes, this is a ‘new folk’ hit. Great harmony and duets with simple backing make _Sirens_ one for the 2014 summer collection.


Scott S Mertens