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Bon Voyage
The Right Amount
Tooth & Nail Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Bon Voyage has a couple of things going for it- it's got the guy-and-a-girl thing that's popular right now (White Stripes, Jucifer, et al), the member-of thing (Bright Eyes/Desaparecidos), and, most importantly, a beautiful sound that I'd reference to something like Belle and Sebastian.

For the guy-and-a-girl thing, we've got Jason Martin and his wife Julie accompanied by Jason's brother Ronnie Martin. For the members-of thing, you're probably aware that Jason Martin is the guy behind Starflyer 59, Julie used to sing for Havalina, and Ronnie is in the analogue synth group Joy Electric. And about that beautiful sound…

You can hear straight away from the start of the Right Amount's title track and opener. Julie's sprightly vocals are placed in front of a dense wall of sound created by Ronnie's synths and Jason's jangling guitar to dreamy, shoegazer-ish effect. "The Third Marie" sounds a bit like it could have been on the CQ soundtrack, with its feline and graceful undertones, and "All the traps" sounds like a Belle and Sebastian song.

Bon Voyage creates wonderful, sugary pop music (not too sweet, though) akin to Starflyer 59's Fell in Love at 22 EP. If you liked that, or other shoegazer-esque, beautiful pop music, you'd probably like the Right Amount.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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