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Sweet acoustic strums and Hite’s gentle voice beckon you into the song, recalling modern folk favorites like The Civil Wars as much as the artists that launched the scene years ago. By the time the second verse comes in, things have been kicked up to some sort of The Lone Bellow-The Avett Brothers hybrid, though the track never loses its classic sense of romance. (Consequence of Sound on “Seagreen Dress”)

“Sarah Brown” sounds like that wild Saturday night at a grunge-y, smoke-filled bar listening to hard rock. Or… hard folk? This new tune by 5j Barrow sure rocks and rolls in every sense of the term, except there’s also a banjo solo. That’s what makes it all the more: there’s the expected lonesome beginning, with hollow harmonies and a steadily beating kick drum, which melts into smashing guitars and half-growled/half-shouted vocals by the end of the song. (The Deli Magazine)

5j Barrow is a delicious combination of genres, not easily defined, richly textured instrumentation and honest lyrics woven together by a talented duet of voices…They are dynamite live, so be sure to catch them if you can. (For Us Not Them) 

Authentic talent and an energetic, individual style…There’s a freshness, a vibrance and a significance to what this band has to say, and they say it with an individual sound. (Rust Magazine)

Hite and Murman’s voices blend together in delightful harmonies that appeal to the very soul in a way that the very best folk music does. (Tunes News)

Despite their earthy, folk rock genre, 5j Barrow had the stage floor shaking with every jump and stomp. (Substruct Live, Marielle Torrefranca)

5j Barrow is the band that makes you stop what you’re doing and stare…Their music is everything I want music to be. Energetic, evocative, unfiltered and beautiful. In an age of auto tune and quantization, top 10 charts without any real instruments on them, 5j Barrow is the cure…. With dynamics that range from a whisper to a tsunami, their songs tell stories of love, loss and longing. (The Street Noise Project, Brad Geyer)

5J Barrow’s performance is a mixture of drama, folk, and storytelling of life in New York City, as spoken through the voices and instruments of remarkably talented artists. (Pancakes and Whiskey, Jenna Petrone)

Influenced by the band members’ individual and diverse backgrounds and relationships with the city and nature, 5j Barrow creates a sound reminiscent of The Civil Wars, Of Monsters and Men, The Avett Brothers, and Ani DiFranco. The ensemble also brings a theatricality born from the core members time in theater – Eryn Murman (lead vocals) spent over a year on Broadway in Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening, playing every female character, including the leads, and Jason Hite (lead vocals and guitar) starred in Bare, off-broadway. (Indie Minded, Kelly Murphy)

The diversity of instrumentation, vocal styles, song pacing and the narrative tendency of the lyrics (to say nothing of the performers’ surprising range of personal motion…) all lent the show a certain contemporary off-Broadway song-cycle vibe, something the Decemberists or The Indigo Girls might cook up for a change of pace…Glowing harmonies galore, folks. (Cleveland Scene, Sam Allard)

The track evokes the pure musical sensibilities of The Avett Brothers and Fleet Foxes with their pure and unadulterated sound running clearly and smoothly like a body of water….Words cannot eloquently express how mind blowing this track is. (Music BoxPete)

Led by the seemingly effortless chemistry of Eryn Murman and Jason Hite’s vocal blend, it’s the kind of song whose stark sonic simplicity belies its painterly portrayal of tough times and tougher hearts; the arrangement has an unassuming gait, but don’t be surprised if you catch it loping through your brain long after the last chord rings through your speakers. (PopDose)

5J Barrow draws inspiration from the Greenwich Village revival scene of the 1950s and 60s to fuse music and storytelling in a joyous sound. (BAM Cafe Live).