With a rambling contemporary Americana aesthetic, Anthony & the Tramps describe themselves as ‘American Gypsy’. Melodic narratives wind through textured acoustic and electric instruments, while Anthony’s lyrics spin images of urban and rural landscapes. At times, a flute provides a whimsical counterpoint in Sunday-afternoon type jams. Other times, the songs are driven and pushed by a forlorn wonder-lust.
Wooden Rings is the solo project of Ramah Jihan, and his music is clearly influenced by traditional and classical music — recalling old English ballads, but with a sophisticated, 20th century tonality. A talented guitar player, Jihan’s plucked guitar and the accompanying cello provide beautiful through-composed interplay. Jihan’s voices flows in easy melodies that gives the impression of a passive and pensive observer watching events and lives roll past him. The lyrics are often somber, but more than anything, the music of Wooden Rings gives the listener a sense of peace in a world that can leave us wanting more.