Johnnyswim | Diamonds – Editor’s Choice
The amazing duo of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez may not be quite as new as their sound, but they have recently been creating magic in the studio.The group formed in 2005, releasing their first EP in 2008. Their previous EPs might have made some splashes, but their new album, Diamonds, is making waves.
The duo has been doing more touring than recording the last few years, but they have finally settled down long enough to record their first full-length album. Since they have done so much traveling and playing, this album comes with much experience and charm.
This 12-track emotional rollercoaster tells the story of the pair’s relationship, and is one that could only be formed by true love. The track titles “Closer,” “Take the World,” and “Paris in June,” tell of a couple that is in love who wants to take on the world.
From the guitar playing by Ramirez, to the sweet harmony formed between their vocals, the duo stunned me with “Paris in June.” They explain that as long as they are in love, then everyday is like Paris in June. Throughout the album, they have unique and romantic ways of explaining their love.
Before they decided to make music together, Ramirez and Sudano were each successful in their own right. Ramirez was teaching songwriting at a college and playing solo gigs. Sudano was singing backup vocals for Donna Summer. The much more interesting part is that Sudano’s mother is Donna Summer and her not-so-famous father is Bruce Sudano, who is better known for his songwriting for huge stars like Michael Jackson and Dolly Parton.
With music running in their blood, they have let it bleed out onto their latest album, and it’s only a matter of time before people start catching on. The album is still really new and fresh. It is very Civil War-ish, which is great news for fans of the Civil Wars, because they just recently broke up for good. The simple and harmonic melodies are extremely soothing and the technique that Ramirez uses on the guitar is the icing on the cake. This is officially my announcement of the replacement for the Civil Wars.
Nine years is a long time to be together as a band, but they have not yet released an album like this.
If you are looking for a new artist to get addicted to, this is it. Johnnyswim is the artist for you. I highly recommend this album to anyone, so make sure to give this album a listen or else you are missing out.