By Dave Sumner, Bandcamp Daily
There’s an intimacy to this that feels like spending an evening with friends—spread out across the living room, enjoying conversation and laughter. Vocal duo Martina DaSilva and Dan Chmielinski, who also plays the bass, fill their debut album with that feeling. They pick a wide assortment of tunes: some old and new traditional works, some that strike at the heart of seasons past, and some that took on the feeling of the holidays through time and popular culture. A strong cast of saxophonist Lucas Pino, vibraphonist Joel Ross, guitarist Gabe Schnider and bassist Ben Wolfe contribute to this delightful recording.