With cicadas making their very audible early-summer presence known across Georgia during recent evenings, it seems appropriate to announce that Normaltown Records, the Athens-based “developing artist” imprint of New West Records (home to Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, John Hiatt and many others), has signed Cicada Rhythm.
In advance of the Athens-based folk duo’s full-length album, due this autumn, the label has just released a two-song 7-inch single titled Two Wings. “Do Not Destroy” and “Wait Till Morning” were recorded live this past spring by Drew Vandenberg at the historic, 200-year-old Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church near Sparta, Georgia.
“The church has a spirit of its own,” offers singer/guitarist Dave Kirslis of the recording. “Every little musical nuance was amplified; it was a magical experience.” His partner in Cicada Rhythm, Julliard-trained singer/stand-up bassist Andrea DeMarcus, adds, “Zion really lent itself to our sound, made it hum with its vintage resonance.”
Described by Creative Loafing Charlotte as “inventive… haunting and playfully jaunty,” Cicada Rhythm will perform two shows in their hometown this weekend during AthFest: Friday, June 26th at Hendershot’s, and the following day an Normaltown Hall.