Wendigo. The title is a nod to Algonquian folklore and shares its name with a fabled cannibal monster used by parents to frighten children about the perils of greed. Recorded at Baxter’s home in Florence, Alabama, many of the songs are told from the perspective of the Grim Reaper, a tool the bandmembers use to personify their fear of dying and to shed some light on the realities associated with it. While only a duo, Penny & Sparrow manages to sound loud and to resonate throughout the record. But Baxter and Jahnke are also adept at setting a somber and delicate mood, with excellent harmonies, phrases and voices. While a fear of dying is not exactly unique, the perspective and manner in which the pair unveils its anxieties is fresh and engaging enough to catch the ear of anyone, even creatures lurking in the dark.
Singer Andy Baxter and singer/guitarist Kyle Jahnke — aka Penny & Sparrow — want you to know what they’re afraid of. The two discuss their fears on their latest album,