Brother/Sister: Longing For Summer

With its uniquely West Coast sound, Brother/Sister captures a sense of youthful uncertainty and hope in "Opossum." i i

With its uniquely West Coast sound, Brother/Sister captures a sense of youthful uncertainty and hope in "Opossum." Tracy Antonopoulos hide caption

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With its uniquely West Coast sound, Brother/Sister captures a sense of youthful uncertainty and hope in "Opossum."

With its uniquely West Coast sound, Brother/Sister captures a sense of youthful uncertainty and hope in "Opossum."

Tracy Antonopoulos

Monday's Pick

Song: "Opossum"

Artist: Brother/Sister

CD: The Accidental Zoo EP

Genre: Pop-Rock

Theo and Sasha Spielberg perform together as Brother/Sister — they are brother and sister, via adoption — and "Opossum" is perfectly engineered to make listeners long for summer. Growing up in L.A. (yes, they share a famous father), the two have been playing music since they were toddlers but, due to space and time conflicts, only recently started devoting themselves to Brother/Sister as more than a side project.

Together, they share a uniquely West Coast sound, described by Theo Spielberg as "the music that would be made by two people who grew up sharing a wall." In addition to writing and arranging all the music, he also plays all the instruments: In "Opossum," that means guitar, drums, bass, piano, marxophone and assorted percussion.

Written during their waning days at Ivy League schools, "Opossum" has a way of reflecting the pair's youthful uncertainty and hope. For her part, Sasha Spielberg handles all the words, which infuse the song with feelings of restlessness; with the idea that you can't just play dead anymore. Her voice sounds uplifting and dynamic, and it's on full display in "Opossum," as she begins in a gentle croon but winds up exuding power and soul. The result, in every way, sounds like a fruitful new beginning.

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