Feature Friday: Jack + Eliza


Jack + Eliza, childhood friends turned musical duo, arise from New York City, hoping to make waves with the release of their first EP, No Wonders, this September.

The group has released two singles thus far, “Hold The Line,” and “Secrets,” in anticipation of their EP. They have received endearing feedback from fans and critics alike, praising their tranquil and melancholic sound. The blending voices of Jack + Eliza have been noted as reminiscent of The Mamas & The Papas and The Beach Boys. Indeed, the duo claim inspiration from the psychedelia of the ‘60s, and these comparisons have leant to the notion of Jack + Eliza being “wise beyond their years.”

The group is relatively young in age; Eliza was esteemed at the youthful age of 15, becoming the youngest winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for “Song of the Year.” Her talent was thus solidified as a lyricist, but the voices and musical capabilities of Jack + Eliza are just as notable. Their vocals and choice of crisp guitar tones also act to betray the reality of their youth.

It almost seems to be a theme in upcoming bands today to revert back to older, purer sounds. Yet Jack + Eliza are not strictly tied to the sounds of the past. Their oddly alluring sadness, and the mere essence of their duo (a guy and a girl), align as well with popular bands today like The Civil Wars. In this way, they seem to be fusing the new with the old in a blend of music that is gaining presence in the organic and hipster reaches of the world.

Jack + Eliza have had a few concerts this summer to promote No Wonders, and their next show will be August 23rd at the Glasslands with Ski Lodge in Brooklyn, NY. You can download “Secrets” and “Hold The Line” on iTunes today, and look for No Wonders, out September 23, 2014.


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