Two Piece Orchestra
Husband and wife, Jason and Pia Robbins, left Los Angeles in 2005 with their dog, Walrus, in search of a setting that better suited their personalities. Something smaller, slower, and quieter was in order. They landed in Eugene, Oregon. Even the rain felt right. The change in scenery had a profound impact on their musical relationship: The Comforters was born. Following the release of their first record, Transplants, The Comforters quickly found ears from around the world tuned to the bittersweet in life. Radio programs in the U.S. and Europe played "Lazy Sundays" and "I Want To Rock". Most recently, "I Want To Rock", was featured in the movie Girls Named Pinky that debuted at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. The Comforters follow the emotional punch they delivered on Transplants with a knockout blow of ten alternatingly heartbreaking and heartwarming songs on their new record, Two Piece Orchestra. "We had some huge highs and some huge lows in our lives and those experiences definitely made their mark on this record," says Pia. "For some of the songs, like "Would It Break Your Heart?" and "Gibraltar," it wasn't until we had recorded them and lived with them for a while that we realized, "Oh boy, that's what that song is about." "This is both the record we wanted to make and the record that, I think, we had to make - for us," adds Jason, "We're extremely proud of this record." Two Piece Orchestra maneuvers expertly between sparse acoustic ballads, jovial ditties, and glorious indie/chamber pop. The light-hearted title track opens the record with Pia innocently singing, "I play air timpani with the Boston Symphony, hello," as an endearing Belle and Sebastian-like ensemble of acoustic guitar, glockenspiel, and trombone join her. "The Fall of Fall" follows with it's gentle fingerpicked acoustic guitar, chiming electric guitar accents, and Pia's vulnerable vocal that calls to mind Simon and Garfunkel by way of Kings of Convenience. "Would It Break Your Heart?" opens slowly with a solo nylon-stringed acoustic guitar and builds gradually, Wilco-like, to it's climax of acoustic and electric guitar, organ, piano, melllotron and drums (courtesy of founding Wilco member, Ken Coomer). Fans of folk, indie pop, chamber pop, and plain old great songwriting should find Two Piece Orchestra a beautiful and welcome addition to their record collection. Praise for Transpiants 'Transplants is so beautiful that it is almost unreal...this is the CD you dream of for years.' -ROOTSTIME (Belgium) 'Pia and Jason Robbins should be applauded for producing a collection of simple albeit deep songs that touch the soul.' --Kevin Mathews - Pop Culture Press 'The Comforters' songs evoke the spare, emotive style of early century Americana, loaded with pathos and a little bit of fear and loathing... Pia's voice seals the deal -- it's haunting and enchanting.' -- Michelle Theriault Salem Statesman Journal 'Transplants, is saturated with seemingly weightless songs. Pia's delicate vocals float over a loose acoustic guitar and keyboard melody, recalling Rose Melberg or Maria Taylor but with a more ethereal quality.' - Amanda Burhop Eugene Weekly 'The Comforters ...make a lilting and joyful noise, full of melody and quietly seductive. Plenty of potential for a gentle sway around the kitchen to this one, folks.' - lonesomemusic.