Balancing Act, Fawkes & Hownd’s debut album, emits an air of intimacy through personal storytelling and delicate sound. "
- The Permanent Rain Press
Intimate folk duo Fawkes & Hownd is purely authentic. Blending Canadian and American roots, Phöenix Lazare and Justin Kelley have created a songwriting style that dives deep with their affectionate, ethereal harmonies layered above shimmering guitar work. The couple, partners in life and in music, released their debut album, Balancing Act, on March 1, 2019. The five-song collection was recorded live in Nashville, TN and captures the organic feel that reflects the moment each song was written.
With a central theme revolving around growth, Balancing Act finds the duo chronicling their journey from small towns — Phöenix hails from Salt Spring Island, BC and Justin from a small North Shore, MA community — to big cities and everything in between. “New England” is a love letter to the Northeast, where the two met at Berklee College of Music in Boston, while “Go” is a bittersweet ode to leaving home; it reminds us there is always a place to return to after leaving loved ones to find your own way and fearlessly follow your dreams.
Fawkes & Hownd’s live shows find the duo connecting and reminiscing with their audiences, creating an intimate atmosphere that feels as if they’ve invited you into their living room. Telling stories and sharing music new and old, their contagious energy fills stages with warmth and light.