March To May’s Darren Guyaz (guitar, vocals, keyboard) and Beth Wesche (Celtic harp, vocals) first met in December 2012. By March 2013, the Folk/Indie/Americana duo had co-written their first two songs, by April they had a paid gig under their belts, and by May they had a name and shows booked out into the months ahead. Before settling in Seattle, Washington, where the act is now based, both Darren and Beth had traversed the Western Hemisphere separately.
Darren migrated from the northern Appalachians to his birth state of Montana, before heading on a South American adventure across the Andes mountain range, eventually falling in love with Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The daughter of a US Foreign Service Officer, Beth also spent time in the Andes, as well as a host of US states on both coasts, before moving to Seattle, just blocks from where her beloved Celtic harp had been created, years before.
The Water’s Edge is hauntingly beautiful music with an ethereal, soulful feel. Extremely relaxing to listen to, yet so lyrically brilliant you hang on every word. I’m new to March To May, but I couldn’t have been more impressed. Darren and Beth sing and perform with such great chemistry and alluring harmony. I have listened to this nearly every day for over a week now and I have yet to tire of it.
Clear, crisp vocals, music that is at once simple and complex, and a tone that flirts with the past while remaining resolutely modern, are all interwoven into a remarkable album. The themes are common to Folk or Americana music – longing, expectation, loss, love, hope – but that is true of most music. The lyrics go to that quiet place inside where you feel small and fragile and it brings you hope and a sort of catharsis.
Their voices meld together like chocolate syrup on ice cream. Some duos are meant to sing together – that is definitely the case here. From the eloquent “Crazy Universe” to the sadly moving “Embers” and the impeccably arranged warmth of “The Monk and The Lover”, this album is a refreshing example of what genuine artistry really is and of the beauty that can be created when two people come together to create something amazing.
The depth and seamless musical qualities of March To May are at times chilling and awe inspiring, as on my personal favorites “Falling Down” and “Georgia”. Case and point; The Water’s Edge is a poignant and moving manifestation by two deeply talented musicians that deserve a chance to be heard.
March To May steps it up and reaches out in this debut effort. They have a lot going for them; fantastic voices that emanate pure emotion, sublime acoustic instruments and intense storytelling. If you don’t know this duo, do yourself a favor and listen. They are something special.
The Water’s Edge is the debut release from March To May, and will be out April 25th, 2015.