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A natural new sound

Duo creates fusion of folk and roots with an island flair

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“Just to make it more interesting live, really, for everybody’s sake and ours,” Middleton explained. “It just fills it out and allows you to do different things, like jam on stuff.”

They’ve released three self-produced CDs. Middleton said the first, Sitting Back , was “very minimalist,” with no drums, only vocals and percussion, while the second CD was Middleton’s solo disc.

Their music has evolved over the years, with the introduction of different instruments.

“It’s hard to really change your sound that much, when you’re acoustic,” said Middleton.

But their latest album, Another Noon , has a more cohesive sound, with more drums than percussion to balance with the lyrical content. Whether you’re in the car or sitting in your living room on a rainy day, the mellow rhythms promise to help you relax and unwind.

Over the years, they’ve shared stages with Canadian bands like Current Swell and Hey Ocean!, and international bands, like the Beautiful Girls and State Radio. Their music has also been used in surf videos and included on a soundtrack for the popular PBS TV program Road Trip Nation, and on National Geographic programming.

They most recently managed to land a weeklong spot touring the UK with Buck 65 in mid-March.

“It was great! It was really fun. It was a bit of a whirlwind,” said Middleton, adding that they flew into London at 10 a.m., collected their gear, and drove straight to Brighton to play a gig that night. But it was well worth the stress.

“The venues were awesome, Buck 65 is wicked and the crowds were great!” said Middleton.

They also just received word that their title track, Another Noon, has been picked up by Volkswagen for a nine-month North American TV advertising campaign.

“It’s definitely possibly a very good way of exposing ourselves, and also just kind of a step in a positive direction towards a more professional music career, which is good,” said Middleton.

He explained that licensing music for advertising purposes is a trend a lot of musicians are following.

“It’s kind of developed now into like a revenue source for independent musicians, really,” he said. “...The whole musical landscape is changing, so you have to find new ways to expose yourself and make money.”