‘Come on Sun’ is a single off Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt’s new album Shadow of the Cyclone. The album works around the metaphor that the last year has been like standing in the shadow of an approaching cyclone. In the scope of the album, this single injects a sense of levity and hope into proceedings. Melded into this is an acceptance of the brutal present we are living in.
These emotions are formed through the compelling sound of this acoustic duo. Between them, they are able to play 33 instruments, but it is the blending of Nathans’ baritone and Ronstadt’s cello that hook you. Any fan of folk and Americana will find their sense ignited with this single and feel the need to listen to the whole album.
‘Come On Sun’ opens with some wavering notes before the cello hits you. Blending with the acoustic guitar line, the cello has a somewhat lively tone to it while the guitar forms the base of the melody. There is a wonderful vibe to this track that has you bopping your head slowly to the rhythm, particularly on the verses. The coming and going of the cello is amazing and highlights what the instrument can bring to songs. The later introduction of shuffling drums adds a little something to the melody along with the wonderful guitar riff that lifts you up.
As the melody works through your senses, the vocals smoothly swoop into your brain. There is a depth to the vocal performance that draws you into the lyrics. While the melody has a grounded feeling to the low levels, the lyrics offer the hope you might need at this time. The gentle and folky vocals draw you into a lost world that is full of a sense of hope and wonder for the future.
Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt twirl you into a folky spiral of levity and hope in their song ‘Come on Sun’. The track has an amazing interplay between the guitar and cello while the vocals are a steady thread leading you to the message of the lyrics.