London country duo relocate to US and make masterpiece

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The Arlenes – Going To California

For several years, Big Steve and Stephanie Arlene have carved out a very individual London-Americana sound. Their relocation to Sacramento last year has obviously been inspirational: Going To California more than delivers on the promise of their debut. Great picking and melodies, Stephanie’s sassy vocals, Big Steve’s London drawl, memorable songs celebrating married life, chastising family members, reflecting on small-town life. Produced in Austin, Texas, it mixes tough country rockers and languid ballads (with a dash of mariachi), and the spirit of love and lived experience comes through on every tune.