a harmony-infused ‘Two de Force’
February Dream is a true duo in that there is no lead singer. They weave between the melodyand the harmony, fusing parts together. It’s as musically honest as you can get… there’s no hiding behind an electronic line-up in the hope of increasing their commercial appeal… they’re all about allowing the spirit of the music to shine.
The girls’ personalities are reflected in their singing styles - Gemma’s raw and earthy vocals contrasting yet complementing Christa’s smoother, sweeter tones. It’s a combination that just works.
‘Dare’ is a 5-track EP produced by former Thirsty Merc guitarist, Sean Cary. Each song on the EP is an original, with February Sky the very first song Gemma and Christa wrote together.
The girls are thrilled to now be able to share their songs and voices with a wider audience. Gemma commented: “In the past our focus has been on live performance… but now that we’ve recorded a CD, our aim is to get our music heard far and wide!”
Producer Cary believes February Dream is something special and can definitely make a mark here in Australia and beyond. And the girls loved the recording process with Sean in charge. “We had a ball recording the EP”, says Christa. “Sean instantly put us at ease and we spent every day having fun, which comes through clearly on the EP. He really taught us that vocally, 'less is more' - a massive contrast to our busking days.
“We definitely grew as musicians throughout the process. Sean really encouraged us to broaden our musical horizons and to consider instrumentation that we normally wouldn't… there's now an organ in February Sky, (which we still can't believe) and violin and piano appear on other tracks… not to mention Sean's own incredible guitar playing throughout. The additional instrumentation brings a real maturity to our music… and of course we’re proud that every instrument is played by a real musician. There’s no ‘Midi’ used on ‘Dare’.”
Track Listing for ‘Dare’ is:
• February Sky
• Bordering Insanity
• Stumble and Fall
• None for One; and the EP closes with
Rolling is described by Gemma as “…a relaxed and inspiring song that hopefully leaves listeners wanting more”.
The duo’s name came to them on a sunny February day as they listened to some incredible live music in the form of stripped-back versions of songs they both knew and loved. Harmonies soared and brought the songs to life in a way they’d never heard on the radio. It was the way these songs were intended to be heard - simple, powerful and so moving - the very essence of music.
That February day, Gemma and Christa were inspired to create something that would move people… and a dream was born.
They’ve since collaborated on a collection of songs for two voices, full of eloquence, simplicity and grace. The girls share an undeniable gift to create music of soaring loveliness. Their original compositions recall the great acoustic heroes of another era – Simon & Garfunkel… The Byrds… The Lovin’ Spoonful… The Mamas & The Papas. More recently they could be said to be cut from the same cloth as The Corrs, Indigo Girls and The Waifs. The clarity and beauty of their songs is underpinned by the same celestial vocals that make all these acts great.
February Dream is a very natural song writing ‘Two de Force’, with just a hint of mystery and intrigue. They use all the colours of the musical palate to serve the sense and spirit of their music. Their songs are full of unabashed romanticism and exquisitely nuanced, inspired arrangements, always infused with sweet harmonies. Far from your average folkies, these two create sublimely breathtaking grandeur with just their voices, acoustic guitar and the barest of rhythms underpinning the most seamless melodies.
...but whatever the month, we’re advised to make sure that, like Gemma and Christa, we dare to dream.