Ever since joining forces in the summer of 2012, John Torres and Meredith DiMenna have been a bare bones operation, subsisting on little more than acoustic guitars, vocals and the occasional glockenspiel.
Over time, however, the duo's sonic ambitions have outgrown this modest architecture. So on their debut EP, Torres and DiMenna built a bigger house -- a space where their sound has emerged fully formed and majestic.
Torres and DiMenna, otherwise known as Oh, Cassius!, celebrated the release of the record at a highly-anticipated performance at Fairfield Theatre Company's StageOne on Thursday, July 17.
Backed by an eight-piece band featuring an all-star cast of in-state musicians, the Connecticut Music Award-winning duo shared songs from "Ides of March," a collection of rapturous indie-folk anthems propelled by their signature ground-shaking vocal harmonies.
Ever since joining forces in the summer of 2012, John Torres and Meredith DiMenna have been a bare bones operation, subsisting on little more than acoustic guitars, vocals and the occasional glockenspiel. Recorded primarily at Stamford's Carriage House Studios, "Ides of March" is the culmination of a creative chemistry experiment that began two years ago at a multi-act showcase at Stratford's FTS Gallery. After contributing to each other's projects, Torres and DiMenna arranged to perform together that night. A synergy soon emerged.
"It became immediately obvious that two of us singing together was a strong thing," DiMenna said. "We thought, `This is it. This is the aesthetic we're looking for.'