I fell in love with Johnnyswim when I saw them open up for Emeli Sande a few years ago and I’ve been listening to them ever since. I remember being immediately taken by their chemistry on stage and their vocals completely blew me away. Now I sit here listening to their new album; Georgia Pond, and I’m slowly falling in love with them all over again.
Sophomore albums make me nervous; especially when debut albums capture me as much as Johnnyswim’s Diamonds did. If at all possible, Georgia Pond is better than their debut and even after the 6th replay I’m still feeling the chills down my spine. This album beautifully sways between genres; it has a hint of American Folk, a touch of soul and it dips its toes into Country. Individually, their vocals are magic but together this duo blends beautifully and shatters you emotionally. Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez somehow capture the love between them and slowly release it to the world with each song.
This album is full of life anthems, “Summertime Romance” is a love anthem which reflects on the husband and wife duo’s story. The song slowly takes us on their journey:
Wherever we are, that’s where we are kind of loving
You and I, made a life, a paradise
“Touching Heaven” incorporates a gospel choir and ends with their son, Joaquin, joining them which makes the song a definite a stand-out on the album. We get a survivor anthem with, “Let It Matter”. Have you ever been told that you feel too much? Yes? This song is hand-crafted for you.
So if it matters let it matter
If your heart’s breaking let it ache
Catch those pieces as they scatter
Know your hurt is not in vain
Johnnyswim has perfected the act of capturing their magic. Their vocals are powerful and their chemistry transfers beautifully into the music. I was taken by their music the moment they sang into their microphones at that Emeli Sande concert all those years ago and this album just reaffirms my adoration for this couple. They created an album that helps you fall in love, walks you through the pain and gives you strength when its needed the most. Music like this isn’t around every corner, we are looking at history in the making and you want to be along for the ride.
I’m seeing Johnnyswim again on Wednesday and my musical heart can hardly wait.
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Have you listened to the album yet? What are your thoughts?