Taking the acoustic, vocal poise of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and doubling that is exactly what you’ll get with indie-folk duo Penny and Sparrow.
The duo’s latest single “Don’t Wanna Be Without Ya” finds Kyle Jahnke and Andy Baxter playing on the nuances of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecilia,” while also managing a freshness that is all their own.
Featured on their forthcoming album Finch, “Don’t Wanna Be Without Ya” explores the idea of reincarnation and the romantic want to always be with someone.
“The song imagines being so enamored with someone that you make a promise: No matter what form you take in the next life, I want to be a part of it,” Baxter said in a statement. “’Don’t Wanna Be Without Ya’ is an ode to being in love with every past, present and potential iteration of a person. Telling someone you ‘don’t wanna be without’ them means you recognize the alternative: Life devoid of them is something you want to avoid.”
Penny and Sparrow have been together since meeting at the University of Texas in 2011. In a tag-team effort, Baxter takes care of most lyrics and Jahnke writes the melodies in what seems like a match made in heaven.
With Finch set to release Aug. 2 via Thirty Tigers, and a slew of headlining tour dates from July to September upcoming for the duo, it seems Penny and Sparrow are going to have a busy year.
Listen to Penny and Sparrow’s “Don’t Wanna Be Without Ya” below and revisit their 2019 Paste Studio session further down.