Review of “The Peacock and the Owl”

I have never written about music, but I’ve never found anything so unexpectedly interesting. A couple of days ago I went to a Merchant Soiree where I picked up a free CD. The singer was new to me. (I’m not so up on local music anymore since my son married and moved away and he doesn’t play here now.) I figured I’d listen to it and probably pass it on. I’m keeping it! I’m also watching for the next show. The name of the CD is “The Peacock and the Owl.” The vocalist is Ashlynn Ivy, and you will not hear a more mellow voice anywhere. On guitar is Dave Macha, and together they are quite a duo.

Their style is so unique it was hard to figure out what it is – very rhythmic in a bluesy jazzy sort of way, but not exactly blues and not exactly jazz. Ashlynn Ivy’s MySpace page gives a few clues. It’s a mixture of influences including Jazz, Gospel, Rock and Blues. I found this on her page: “Like a stout drink with a blend of gin and a splash of holy water, there is something both sinful and revelatory in the music produced by these two talented musicians, born and raised in the mid-county area.” I think I was listening to “It’s a Shame” when I realized this is probably the most interesting music lyrically that I’ve heard in a very long time. The Peacock and the Owl gets a person’s brain involved and also makes it feel like our emotions must be located in our bones. It touches me that deeply. Great stuff!

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