Pawnshop Diamond

Pawnshop DiamondA glass of wine and folksy love songs with a groove are always good. I don’t care who you are, you will be in the mood for it sometime or another. So it’s fortunate we have Vancouver, B.C.’s Pawnshop Diamond. Led by Katie Ormiston, the band has been described as “both vintage and timeless,” “observant and also questioning” and “free of emo comb-overs and hipster frills.”

Now for the record, I have nothing against “hipster frills,” but I will admit it’s nice to see a group that breaks things down so simply. Their latest album, Leaning To The Sun, is honest and touching. Much of the record leans heavily on the folk-side of their influence, but with a sound that’s heavy on piano, it also gains a more classic almost jazzy feel. Audrey Hepburn comes to mind.

The first track, “Cabernet Sauvignon,” is a beautifully written piece that just tugs at the ol’ heart strings. Ormiston’s soft voice is very natural and trustworthy. The great thing about Pawnshop Diamond is the band would fit in nicely in a fancy jazz club, back porch folk stage, or mainstream indie club.

Check out two tracks from Leaning To The Sun and grab the album on CD Baby.

Pawnshop Diamond – “Cabernet Sauvignon” (MP3)

Pawnshop Diamond – “Dead” (MP3)

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  • Wow. Nice find. This is exactly what I’ve been in the mood for all day, but didn’t realize until now. I’m totally with you on her voice feeling trustworthy.