music MIXTAPE DARLINGS: SHINY AND THE SPOON

MIXTAPE DARLINGS: SHINY AND THE SPOON

Amber Nash and Jordan Neff have a harmonious relationship—literally. They have been a romantic item as long as they’ve been making music under the name Shiny and the Spoon.

“Making music together was the excuse for seeing each other again, which led to us as a band and a couple,” Nash says.

Thankfully for local music fans, the two hit it off on both fronts and began creating fantastic folksy americana in 2008.

The thought of working with your significant other is kind of stressful, nevermind the intense process of writing songs. But Neff and Nash have found a way to make it work.

“It’s a little scarier,” Neff says, “because you know the other person is not going to mince words, but the reward is great. I know I was never all that into collaborating before I met Amber, but I absolutely love playing and writing with her.”

“Jordan is the only person that I’ve written to this depth with,” Nash continues. “I can have an idea for a song, or part of a verse, and he can just tie it together with something from his own mind and it just seems to work.”

This seamless connection, with help from Pete Brown (upright bass) and Matt Frazer (drums), can be found in their authentic sound; they’re really feeling what they’re singing, and audiences can feel it too. Their music makes you want to drink wine out of a mason jar, grab a guy or girl you really like, and dance barefoot in your living room.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Neff and Nash created a love song playlist for A-Line.

“What’s funny,” Amber reveals, “is we made the lists separately and had to change some because we had some of the same songs.”

All together now: “Aww!”

TRACK 1: The Beatles, “I Will” - AN: “The Beatles ARE love. Also, this song was played at Jordan’s brother’s wedding. So cute!”

TRACK 2: Buena Vista Social Club, “Dos Gardenias” - AN: “Jordan used this early on in our courtship to impress me with his vast knowledge of music. It worked.”

TRACK 3: Ben Folds, “The Luckiest” - AN: “Great example of the innocence and cuteness of falling in love. Ben Folds’ faltering high vocals pretty much melt me on the spot.”

TRACK 4: “Wicked Little Town” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch - AN: “One of the sweetest songs from one of my favorite musicals of all time.”

TRACK 5: Ivan & Alyosha, “Easy to Love” - AN: “We saw these guys at MidPoint this year and walked in while they were playing this song. It’s been on repeat ever since.”

TRACK 6: Fruit Bats, “When U Love Somebody” - JN: “It’s a really cute song, let’s just get that out there. We both have some really fond memories attached to it, too.”

TRACK 7: Tom Waits, “Sea of Love” - JN: “This is one of those songs that everyone has covered but no one has heard of. It’s like the primordial ancestor to the modern love song; the Sasquatch to ‘Believe.’”

TRACK 8: Duke Ellington, “Flirtibird” - JN: “Amber’s going to be mad when she sees I put this one down. All I’ll say is this: tell me it doesn’t sound like a big, pink, lacy valentine.”

TRACK 9: Fats Domino, “I’m in Love Again” - JN: “I just like Fats Domino, and he says love in this song.” TRACK 10: Al Green, “Tired of Being Alone” - JN: “For the lovers.”