Ben + Vesper Honors

Ben + Vesper Honors
Ben + Vesper are a husband and wife duo, something that inevitably has an impact on their music, although probably not in the expected way. At times, their songs dwell on mundane domestic life topics, although there's plenty of the patented Sounds Familyre spirituality thrown in for good measure. Regardless, the combination of his bellowing bass tones and her otherworldly harmonies is pretty damned enticing. Honors is a much more complete album than the duo have made before. Despite the fact that it was recorded in a mere five days, it's a more substantial piece of work; it keeps the best parts of their strange world, props them up with full band and then gives them space to breathe. When they lean heavily on the piano, it's definitely reminiscent of Mates of State, but most of the time they have their own woozy, folky sound. Best of all, Honors is an album that doesn't have to try hard. It gets by on its ample charm and songs that are hardly obvious, yet creep up slowly on the listener. This is very good stuff. (Sounds Familyre)