Weekend Jam: TEOA – “Not The End”

Posted by Greg on May 2, 2020 in Music |

For the past decade or so, we’ve been quite enamored with the homespun DIY folk of Philly’s TEOA (The End of America). The prolific duo have released three albums since 2010 (Shakey and Steep Bay remain our faves) but in the past couple of years have released one-off singles nearly every month. Sometimes those singles take the form of a cover, like The Isley Brothers’ “Footsteps in the Dark” and Leonard Cohen’s ubiquitous “Hallelujah.”

Their latest single “Not the End” might just be their strongest song to date. Opening with plaintive vocals and three-part harmonies the song has a distinct Laurel Canyon vibe. But just as quickly as it starts, the song yields to something much grander. Bolstered by jangly guitars, a sweeping chorus and a breezy effervescence “Not the End” seems like the perfect song for this moment in American history. Whether the song was written or inspired by COVID-19 remains to be seen, what matters is that this song serves as a perfect tonic or salve for our anxious hearts. And in the end, what matters more than that?

TEOA may be confined to their bedrooms for now, but as musicians they appear to be very close or at their apex. Take four minutes out of your day and fall in love with this song and video. Thank us later.

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