South China – Washingtons

December 20, 2009

South China are a duo/couple from Portland, Maine. And “Washingtons” is, I believe, their first full-length lp; yet another excellent local release on Peapod Recordings.

With Jerusha Robinson on cello, piano, and vocals and Jeremy Robinson on guitar, accordian, and vocals, South China add sparse but really interesting instrumentation to their folk-rock sound. Though their Myspace page lists quite a few influences that I can definitely hear in their work, another who immediately came to my mind is Julie Doiron — maybe its a bit of the Acadian heritage lingering on in Maine, since many of the songs on this new lp are either about Maine or at least conjure up images of the place.

Including my favorite — the superb “Sun Sets on Washington Ave” — which you can download for free from the Peapod website.

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