Album Review: SONA – Terribly Tangled

Album Review: SONA – Terribly Tangled
By: Brad Johnson

SONA is a folk-soul duo endeavor between Molly Mehlsack and Luke DeRoy, formed in Boston in 2015. They recently released their debut EP Terribly Tangled. DeRoy and Mehlsack have described their music as “an intimate/soothing yet powerful mix of soul, folk, rock, and pop. After listening to Terribly Tangled, this was spot on.

Their influences include The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Neil Young, Ella Fitzgerald and Joni Mitchell. You can hear a little bit of all of these artists in the music this duo puts out. They have an impressive organic sound that is often hard to pass off as authentic.

Terribly Tangled is the soundtrack to your morning coffee – when you’ve only taken a sip or two and are still in that dreamy state. The lyrics touch on the struggle of changing a lifestyle. The musical chemistry between the two is overwhelmingly evident. Each track has a clear sense of tranquility, putting listeners at ease.

Mehlsack takes the lead on vocals, balancing her voice perfectly with the variety of instruments DeRoy picks up. However, her powerful voice would have no problem standing on its own.The title track is definitely the standout on this EP. As much of this project does, it starts slow and blissful, building up to powerful harmonies between DeRoy and Mehlsack.

SONA is giving folk-rock a breath of fresh air. With their first EP under their belt, look for SONA to ramp up their touring and catch them in a city near you.

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