“Sometimes we think of CSNY, but it does not need references for this pleasant-smelling meadow music. The Weepies meets Fleet Foxes. 3 stars.”
“You’ll find that on Forests And Fields, harmony and euphony prevail. As far as we can hear, this record contains a vocal sparkle (like Kate and Anna McGarrigle), mild psychedelia (like Syd Barrett), melodies of Beatlesque grandeur, and intricately woven, rarely roughened, electric guitar arrangements. A web of sound that touches an innocence – and is almost too good to be true. 5 stars” ~ Peter Felkel – VÖ: 26.11.
“To completely enjoy all of the lyrical finesse of this debut it is best to put up your legs, and warm your fur like a sloth in the sun relaxing in the leaves of the trees.”
“The listener falls hoplessly weak, swimming in the sounds after the first chord. For Amanda Rogers has an extraordinary way to sing, the listener truly [gets] goosebumps. And because Mike Matta’s voice is incredibly deep, slow and rough, as rough as leather, suddenly increasing the resinous odor of a fairy forest in the nose.”
Jonathan Fischer for FAZ(daily paper, germany)Jan.27.2011 circ.416,000:
“… the beautiful harmony of bluegrass singing like that of the Stanley Brothers, animating that resonate-in-the-head voice of the young Neil Young in the sixties, and that of Bob Dylan with The Band rehearsed (and later as “Basement Tapes” published), “Mountain Music”…The dominant feature of The Pleasants is the eerily beautiful interplay of the voices of Rogers and Matta….Mike Matta submits insistent, plucked guitar riffs to open wide spaces, while Amanda Rogers at the piano somewhere between blues, gospel, and Tin Pan Alley-reminiscent of the thirties and forties, a rhythmic sediment laid down for a singing voice.”
“Always nicely sung in duet, almost shoulder to shoulder to support each other in their ongoing heartache. Some moments remind you of Neil Young and Co., Iron & Wine, Scott Matthew, Bon Iver, or Fleet Foxes. Though it is not necessary to hammer out the comparisons, with their beautiful singing, [The Pleasants] are in a league all their own.”
“A haunting music [The Pleasants] have created on their debut album, “Forest and Fields”, with their avowed and emotional songs.”
Big Five Magazine:
“Forests and Fields” is never boring with a high value placed on dynamic, a real highlight!”
“A little surprise coup in terms of indie-folk-pop.”
“A little pathos and a lot of honesty- I hope this duo stays resistant!
What could be misunderstood as a cheap copy turns out to be a pure and unadulterated piece of music that includes a timelessness bringing the listener back to days long past.”
“Take to heart the songs of The Pleasants, they are beautiful pieces, highly emotional with a tragic sadness and melodies that remain.”
“The Pleasants stand for big emotions, a charming and unobtrusive sound of passion.”
“Forests and Fields is a wonderful new discovery in the world of acoustic music.
Harmonies with almost instinctive certainty, like we expect from Pink Floyd or Radiohead, and hymns in the style of CSNY.”
Filled with a homemade feel, Prominent sound and folk harmonies, with a simple soft feel- yet all too elegant at the same time.
AVIVA-Tip: “I feel it in my heart, I feel it in my bones” – “Forests and Fields ” is an intense experience that accompanies the listeners like a good book or a thought-provoking film for weeks.