By: Julia Cirignano
The Watters (Daniel and Jenna Watters), along with Jordan Hughes, Zach Arnault, and Trevor Nealon, released Great Unknown today. Daniel and Jenna are childhood friends, and eventually fell in love during the process of songwriting together.
The album starts off with the lyrics, “You are pulsing in my marrow.” Jenna’s voice is clear and sweet, while Daniel’s is funky. The band rocks out with a tradition set of guitar, keys, bass, and drums, yet occasionally throws in wind instruments within songs such as “Reality” and “Soul Remains”. The violin is present in the song “Bad Dream”, adding a sudden sorrowful country feel to the album that, at first, had more jazz-like qualities.
While some songs on this album sound very country, such as “Johnny Appleseed”, others are very jazz such as “Strangest Places.” Great Unknown has beautiful songs, yet the music itself doesn’t seem to bring anything new to the table. The Watters have two very different voices. Their vocals are both great on their own, yet there seems to be a conflict between Daniel’s jazz sound and Jenna’s country vibe; both genres that already have voices and styles similar to these two musician. I would love to hear them both explore some edgier, more unique sounds to spice up two rather old genres.