The Moore Brothers

Now Is the Time for Love

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Compared with the Moore Brothers' slightly eccentric debut of folky indie rock, there's a noticeably calmer atmosphere on Now Is the Time for Love. With the duo's instrumentation stripped down to only guitar and Thom and Greg's pretty harmonies, there's an uncanny resemblance to folk icons Simon & Garfunkel. The record finds them more mature and surprisingly accomplished, with equally consistent songwriting from each brother and vocals that play off each other wonderfully. There's much romantic introspection in their lyrics to complement the minimal sound, whether it involves a girl ("Becky") or riding a bicycle ("Schwinn"). Now Is the Time for Love appears straightforwardly serene on the surface, yet lyrics about such things as the music of Motörhead tell a different story. Whatever the case, the brothers funnel a path that's directly from the school of '70s folk-pop, even if a song is about "sorting books." Lovely.

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