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From Oakland, California, Mortar & Pestle is a trio that makes the kind of “this reminds me of the summer when...” songs that stick like smoke. These are tunes which bring up the feelings that make memories, bridging genres and weaving the past and future into a retrospective ride towards tomorrow. Born on the kitchen piano of a studio apartment, days after singer Janaysa Lambert and keyboardist Paul Shinichi first met at a mutual friend’s party, the two were joined within the year by drummer Sean Paul Duke. Tragically, the friend who brought them together met with an untimely death shortly after she gave the band its name.
"Packing synth tightly against an experimental backdrop and wrapping it in Lambert’s powerful vocals there is a familiarity to the trio’s music. It feels as though these tracks were stashed away in the late 80s or early 90s with the intention of releasing them to the light of day when the world was ready.... Where most bands have the story and grow in instrumentals, Mortar & Pestle have a musical identity well beyond a debut release and endless possibilities when it comes to their story.... To find a flaw in this release is simply grasping for something to convince you that a debut cannot possibly be this good. You will come back to this album over and over again for the comfort and familiarity, but soon find yourself thinking that all those other sounds sound just like Mortar & Pestle."
-Greg Shaw, Nanobot Rock