Kindred spirits: The Magnetic Fields,
Ani DiFranco, the Murmurs
Show: Friday at Strathmore. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. Show is sold out.
The Sweater Set is an equal partnership: The D.C. folk duo consists of multi-instrumentalists Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin, each of whom wrote seven tracks for their new album, “Oh Visitor.” Both women play guitar, ukulele and glockenspiel, and both sing lead and harmonies.
The result is a lush sound that keeps the album moving with a richer sonic texture than many solo folk albums. Opening track “Stupid Flame” is a catchy song that meshes guitar and banjo as seamlessly as Andary’s and Curtin’s vocal harmonies. “San Francisco” captures the same energy, with the duo’s instrumental chemistry adding to the song’s collaborative feel.
But the pair’s vocals might be the Sweater Set’s strength. Their harmonies on “Hunt You Down” mesh sassy and sweet in a saucy tale of revenge against a lover who doesn’t call. The song’s charming style is in such contrast to its dark lyrics that the lover in question would have a hard time knowing whether they were serious or not.
The only minor slip is the sparseness of “Valentine’s Day,” which languishes in contrast to the depth of sound on the other songs.
The rest of the album, however, is a delightful collaboration.