The Singer and the Songwriter may just be selling themselves short with their straight-laced moniker, so it’d be impossible for them to make any pretensions about their own cleverness. Behind the workmanlike descriptor there’s two songwriters, Rachel García and Thu Tran, a pair who’s been collaborating together for close to a decade after fate brought them together at an open mic night. The rest is, well, history.
The folk-driven duo write baroque lullabies that move along with an ease and fluidity that showcases their musical maturity and sensibility. García’s torchy vocals have a soft spoken tone that can surely alleviate the end of a busy shift, the kind that befits their knack for lilting bossa nova rhythms and lush jazz arrangements.
The Deli is proud to present an exclusive stream of The Singer and the Songwriter’s latest EP, Ballads for Trying Times, one that aptly soothes and gives hopeful tranquility to the never-ending noise of the everyday. And if you’re tempted to leave the house, which may be a bit of a challenge after an hour-long session to their music over a cup of tea, then make sure to catch their record release show tonight at Hotel Café. - Juan Rodríguez