The duo’s songs range in subject from the Greek lessons of King Midas to the graveness of realizing one’s mortality in “Everybody’s Leaving.” In every song the instrumentation compliments the lyrics flawlessly. Sparse, jaunty percussion using trashcans, a megaphone and a suitcase, brings vaudevillian humor to the mix. Even P.T. Barnum would have fallen for “Cap Gun Dory.” “Black Widow Spider” groans like a steam engine with a southern drawl. Paper Moon Shiners’ vintage sound and vaguely unsettling characters have the simultaneous simplicity and complexity of an Edward Gorey pen and ink drawing.
Elena Antinelli and Frank Meyer complement each other perfectly, thread full of emotion, devotion and love for the music of the 20’s and 30’s. Pleasantly minimal orchestration on their debut release leaves lots of space for the fascinating, confident and grounded voice of Antinelli. Musical Gems
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