A Taste of ‘Georgica Pond’ – JOHNNYSWIM

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Credit: Darren Lau

Georgica Pond is a 290-acre coastal lagoon located on the border of East Hampton, New York. With its miles and miles of white sandy beaches and six distinct finger like coves, which all lead back to the main body of water. Georgica Pond is beautiful and delicate yet at times troublesome and tumultuous. Perhaps that’s why, husband and wife musical duo JOHNNYSWIM (Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez), decided to name their new album after it.

Georgica Pond produced by Ramirez is set to be released on October 14, and JOHNNYSWIM have been releasing tracks from the album in the run up to the release date.

JOHNNYSWIM create, mold and weave arrangements like no other artists on the musical landscape at the moment. Managing to encompass an eclectic body of styles and themes into one song without it feeling crowded or overworked but rather leaving it feeling effortless whilst seemingly making you wonder why others haven’t put, say Appalachian and Blues music in the same room together.

‘Summertime Romance’ is one of those songs that begins as one something but evolves into something else by the chorus, and then melts back into what it once was.

It opens with a beautifully, delicate and summery progression of guitar chords, and then falling straight into an upbeat song, that even without the words, sounds like a summertime romance.

“Nowhere to be, just you and me/ Needing nothing/ Flow with the breeze, we’re fancy free/ Ain’t we honey?/ Wherever we are, that’s where we are kind of loving/ Cause you and I/ Made a life, a paradise/ Of a summertime romance.”

As the words fade out, a string section treads lightly in; the song falling and rising and turning into an incredibly moving and sentimental piece of classical music.

 

A bluesy electric guitar riff sets the tone for ‘Let It Matter’, with Sudano’s deep and aching voice following soon behind it, communicating words of hurt and sadness but deep power as well.

“I don’t wanna feel better/ I don’t wanna feel good/ I wanna feel it hurt like losing someone should/ I’m gonna let my heart break/ I’m gonna let it burn/ I’m gonna stake my claim with a flame I know we’ve earned.” 

And stake her claim she does. The song was conceived at a time of loss for both Sudano and Ramirez in which they both lost parents and grandparents. The song is about not pretending to be okay or trying to move past the hurt but embracing the pain and acknowledging that the hurt hurts because the person you lost mattered. The best way over is through. In Sudano’s own words;

“Cause ease is for the shallow/ But we were from the deep”

The closing track of the album is a cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’. Ramirez and Sudano’s interpretation of the music and lyrics is sultry and heady, enveloping you in dream-like, hazy fog.

“The world was on fire and no one could save me but you/ It’s strange what desire will make foolish people do/ I never dreamed that I’d meet somebody like you/ And I never dreamed that I’d lose somebody like you”

With its bluesy heavy beats and synths, longing and aching vocals, crashing of drums and sensual electric guitar,the atmosphere and sensation the duo create, is one that reflects that push/pull sensation we experience, when we are being unconsciously pulled towards something or someone that isn’t necessarily good for us.

“What a wicked game you played to make me feel this way/ What a wicked thing to do to let me dream of you/ What a wicked thing to say you never felt this way/ What a wicked thing to do to make me dream of you.”

 

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