Born out of love for each other’s music and recorded
entirely in green rooms while on tour together, Addendum is the joint album between Penny and Sparrow and Corey
Kilgannon. Years into their friendship,
with hundreds of shows under their collective belt, the idea of cutting a
record together came up naturally. What
started as singing harmony over old songs backstage, progressed rapidly into
new melodies, rewritten verses, and original takes on their older tunes. Once the three of them realized they were
onto something, they settled on a unique format: Each artist would take two of
the other’s songs and make them their own.
Neither the gentlemen from Penny and Sparrow (Andy Baxter
and Kyle Jahnke) or Corey Kilgannon are strangers to collaboration. Each has their own litany of musicians
they’ve paired up with across the songwriter community. That said, in their first release together,
there is a magic of congruency that occurs unlike any other group project they’ve
released to date. The trio sounds like
they were supposed to sing together all along.
Harmonies that sound familial, lyrical themes that could’ve come from
either band’s pen, and an eerie amount of chemistry are all trademarks found on
the 4 live tracks of Addendum. Whether you’re listening to Kilgannon’s newly
written verses to Serial Doubter, or
Baxter’s lyrical suffix to Rocking Chair,
or Jahnke’s fragile tenor stitching everything together, each updated rendition
feels fresh without sacrificing the breath close intimacy that fans of each have
come to expect.
An “addendum” is an addition or a bonus piece sewn into
something preexisting. With this 4 song
EP, Corey Kilgannon and Penny and Sparrow have each managed to graft new roots
to the old in ways that only enrich and never take. This is a record of brotherhood. This is a
record worth hearing.
Andy Baxter // Kyle Jahnke // Corey Kilgannon
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