by Johnnyswim


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Johnnyswim's dynamic, broadly emotional pop music is built around the voices of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, and on their first full-length album, Diamonds, they prove that their vocals are strong enough to support their creative ambitions. Sudano is the daughter of disco icon Donna Summer, and if she's a different kind of singer than her mother -- breathier and with a rootsy feel that makes room for soul and country inflections -- she's just about as strong and she communicates these songs of hard lives and difficult relationships with both passion and skill. Ramirez is an excellent vocal foil for Sudano and more than capable when he takes the lead, and he also handles many of the instrumental chores on this set, helping build the musical backdrops that turn from spare to immense at a moment's notice. Sudano and Ramirez had a hand in writing the material on Diamonds (the couple's musical and personal relationship was launched when Sudano took a songwriting course led by Ramirez), and they're able to give the tunes a personal emotional force that makes them all the more compelling. If Diamonds has a flaw, it's that the angst that dominates many of the songs doesn't leave much for room for the moments of joy that come too few and far between in numbers like the rousing "Home" and the sweetly subdued "Paris in June." But there's no arguing Johnnyswim are very good at what they do, and with Diamonds they've made the sort of well-crafted album likely to win them the larger audience they want and deserve.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2014
Label: Big Picnic Records
UPC: 0822685321450
catalogNumber: 10
Rank: 211988

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnnyswim   Primary Artist
Andrea Zonn   Strings
Jason King   Background Vocals
Will Hill   Bass,Background Vocals
Libby Hodges   Background Vocals
Dwan Hill   Piano
Britten Newbill   Harmonica
Michael Logen   Background Vocals
Markus Huber   Bass,Upright Bass
Stuart Garrard   Electric Guitar
Christa Black   Background Vocals
Abner Ramirez   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vibes,Hand Clapping,Toy Piano
Rico Allen   Percussion,Drums
Drew Taubenfeld   Electric Guitar
Brady Troops   Background Vocals
Darren Lau   Background Vocals
Amanda Sudano Ramirez   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Britten Newbill   Composer
Mat Kearney   Composer
Abner Ramirez   Composer,Producer
Josiah Bell   Composer,Additional Production
Amanda Sudano Ramirez   Composer
Shalini Gandhi   Engineer

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Diamonds 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
iheartramie More than 1 year ago
AMAZING... Their voices are incredible, the lyrics are poetic and have such depth.  There is something so unique about their sound. I love every song on their album.