Rachel Garcia and Thu Tran are simply The Singer and The Songwriter. I first stumbled upon the duo at the modest 2nd Annual Make Music LA affair in Silverlake earlier this summer. The acoustic event was little more than a rug to stand on and a set time for the would-be troubadours of the day, who update the swinging yet decisive sounds of Gypsy jazz with a California-folk whimsy.
To literally just be heard above the puffing garbage trucks and the ubiquitous, echoing “Oms” of one of Sunset’s busiest stretches was no small task. Garcia’s richly textured voice, however, was not only heard, but made the statement of the day, while Tran played a frenzied guitar whose levity was the perfect foil to the anchor that was Garcia’s booming jazz voice.
The twosome began playing together in 2009 in San Francisco. A move southward and a couple incarnations later, though, the duo found themselves reinvigorated. They have spent the last two years writing and recording, and The Singer And The Songwriter are now primed to release their first full-length album, What A Difference A Melody Makes, just last week launching their Kickstarter campaign in an effort to put the finishing touches on the LP.
The wildcard that also makes The Singer and The Songwriter one to watch in the folk scene is the album’s producer, Charlie Stavish. Stavish has worked on albums for bands such as Imagine Dragons, Foster The People, and The Joy Formidable. With a delicate hand to polish off the album, The Singer and The Songwriter could be ready to breathe new life into LA’s folk scene.
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