The Moore Brothers 


There's something about genetic vocal harmony — just listen to the Everly Brothers, Chapin Sisters, Beach Boys, and former locals the Moore Brothers (who now live in Grass Valley). Sharing the same DNA, these siblings' voices sound similar to each other's yet each is distinct, making for a truly singular whole. With the Moores, it's two subdued, gauzy, vibrato-free voices, one slightly higher than the other, a blending that's delicate and comforting, surreptitiously belying their slightly caustic lyrics.

Outfitted primarily with acoustic guitars, bass, and muted drums, their approach can be described as melancholic folk-pop (think Simon & Garfunkel, Ida, or Essex Green). The darkly bouncy "Variety" essays a fickle, chameleon-like woman, and the pensive, brittle "Girl Right" has an angelic chorus mocking its protagonist (If I had one more chance/I could love a girl/A girl right.) Taken in one sitting, Aptos can seem a bit same-y (similar tempos, consistently forlorn ambience). However, for those smitten by the intricacies of harmony singing it's highly recommended, as the Moore Brothers express more regret and irony in a single chorus than many songsters can in a career. (American Dust)


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