To The Moon = KZME Song of the Week for March 7, 2013
“Jennifer Faust and Brian Kunkel are Denim Wedding, a rustic Americana duo that, remarkably, stands out in a crowded field of local rustic Americana bands. Denim Wedding’s new EP, Fancy Diving, is dreamlike and succulently earthy, a collection of five subdued but provocative tunes that range from upbeat Southern soul ballads (“Ankles Off”) to delicate bell-and-accordion songs (“Ebb and Flow”) to haunted dirges (“Traveling Circus”). While the music Faust and Kunkel sometimes make is spare, it is never stark, and it’s imbued with a warmth that’s impossible to fake. Fancy Diving’s utmost strengths, though, are its songs, which are adventurously written—and impeccably dressed, even if Denim Wedding’s name might make you suspect otherwise.”
NED LANNAMANN – Portland Mercury
Denim Wedding – Fancy Diving (Independent)
“Denim Wedding is Jennifer Faust and Brian Kunkel, a Portland, Oregon based duo who came together in 2009, originally to perform Faust’s solo material. The project quickly evolved into something on a more equal footing and was subsequently christened Denim Wedding. “Fancy Diving” is their debut release, a five-track collection of achingly beautiful indie-folk and alt. Americana. Artists like Mazzy Star and Tarnation provide appropriate reference points; nothing too obvious, but had I been told they were signed to 4ad in the mid-’90s, I don’t think I would have been too surprised.
Of course, they weren’t. Denim Wedding is a contemporary pairing, though they do apply certain timeless qualities to their music. They aren’t short of tunes, either. Opening cut “To the Moon” shows all the melodic confidence of a classic Jayhawks track, as does the equally fine “Ankles Off”. Kunkel takes a substantial share of the lead on the former, but it’s where the two voices combine that they truly soar. The effect is ethereal and quite poignant.
On the concluding “Sweet Honesty”, Faust takes centre-stage and her voice is entwined with what sounds like a melancholy steel guitar and sorrowful pipes. It’s moving and emotionally wrought, and leaves the listener desperate to press play, and start all over again.”
Phil S. (Leicester Bangs)
“Fig 18. The Buoyancy Test is a thoughtful conversation on love and life and hardship, communicated through traditional Americana and humble pop and experimental soundpieces. The album is equal parts rainy day blues and blissful meadow-folk, thriving between the serene harmonies of “Water Under Bridges” and the haunting reverberations of “Honeydripper” (taken from a special session for the inmates of the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution). The other recordings were completed in their log cabin home in SE Portland, and the songs perfectly capture the atmosphere, coming as intimately decorated as the walls from which they were born.”
-Will Giardino (Into the Woods )
“Denim Wedding is a Portland-based duo that blends male and female, sadness and joy, pleasure and pain, bitter and sweet. Their music is soulful, moving and just…cool”
-Liz Livengood (Bestnewbands.com)
“The haunting mood, the delicious harmonies, the gritty guitar & flavorful melodies leave me with no immediate comparisons to other artists…and that’s a good thing”
-Gentry Bronson (Bay Vibes)