Folk duo Greylag is made up of longtime friends Andrew Stonestreet and Daniel Dixon. While they may seem new to the music industry, the Portland, Oregon-based band is the product of a multi-year, cross-country journey of friendship, emotional trial and self-refinement.
The group’s debut release, The Only Way To Kill You is due out May 1. If their current single, the country fused “Black Crow” is any indication, Greylag is well on their way. With foot-stomping rhythms, memorable harmonies and fitting guitar accompaniment, “Black Crow” is an adequate introduction.
The EP begins with the surprisingly upbeat “Into the Woods.” With catchy percussion beats masking the dark lyrics, one gets the feeling Greylag is a band not to be messed with. Meanwhile, come-hither vocals alongside a steady percussion beat keeps the listener intrigued and wanting more.
While “Tiger” slows things down, the poignant “Outgrown” is a telling number with spot-on vocals, delicate finger-picked guitar and haunting string accompaniment. Nearly three-minutes in the track picks up speed with powerful percussion and equally loud vocals.
As their singing style brings to mind Augustana, it comes as no surprise then that the duo will be supporting the band on tour throughout April.
The ethereal “Speaking Voice” embodies memorable vocals while “Winter White” closes the EP strongly. Greylag is currently on tour with two performances scheduled this week at SXSW. For those attending SXSW, be sure to catch them Thursday at Rusty’s from 12-6 p.m. and Saturday at Clive Bar at 9 p.m. For more on Greylag, visit their Website.