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Reviewed by Sam Vegar

Looking For Alaska: Looking For Alaska

Reviewed by Sam Vegar

Looking For Alaska: Looking For Alaska

With a soulful harmony among the two voices, and an undeniably butterfly-inducing romance between the lines of each piece, Looking For Alaska’s Aaron Gott and Amy Maynard exude a warm love in this debut album. Both from Hamiton, they‘ve been working on ‘Looking For Alaska’ for over two years and performing together since 2012. Recorded mostly at Roundhead Studios with Scott Seabright engineering, the album is gorgeous. It’s loving, warm and authentic folk that at times makes you want to sing along and dance with an armful of friends – or sit down in solitude, reminisce and let the music fill you. Take Me With You is a personal favourite, with upbeat, funky rhythms and a harmonious chorus that leaves an unstoppable smile. Maynard’s cherry voice in Hey You, paired with a delicate chime-like accompaniment is simply irresistible. In the slower ballads like No Love Lost and Wanderers, where producer/mix engineer Regan McKinnon has their voices intertwine, we are given a melancholy dream world to drift away in. Creating a genuine happiness you can hear is no easy task, but Looking For Alaska have mastered it.

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