The Comforters - Two Piece Orchestra:
"...At times, in the many quiet moments, memories are brought to the Cowboy Junkies. Others may think more of the Kings of Convenience. Either way, put the kettle on and feel good."
(Germany) Two Piece Orchestra album review
"The duo are able to handle with extreme skill - country, folk, indie pop-rock and chamber music. Aided by a host of excellent musicians…they have put out ten tracks that delicately balance between liveliness and melancholy. The strengths of the duo are basically three: the refined melodies, the perfectly chiseled arrangements and the vocal interpretation of Robbins, a singer with a sweet and clear register. "
(Italy) Two Piece Orchestra Album Review
"...Obvious comparisons to the Kings of Convenience, the Cowboy Junkies, Belle & Sebastian and the Innocence Mission. Especially the incredibly beautiful, slightly fragile and striking voice of Pia Robbins...very nice!"
Two Piece Orchestra Album Review
"...The real star is Pia Robbins’ crystal clear, melancholy voice. When she steps to the mic, even the most distracted crowd tends to quiet down and listen... On “Would It Break Your Heart” from Two Piece Orchestra, Pia Robbins makes like a lovesick Morrissey when she pleads with romantic optimism “What about you, my love? Would it break your heart to see this through?” and Jason Robbins’ slide guitar answers as if to say “Yes, it would.”
— William Kennedy
Eugene Weekly Two Piece Orchestra CD Release preview
"Some songs run after the bus with one shoe on and shaving cream on their necks. And they don’t have correct change once they board. The songs by the Comforters are quite the opposite: always arriving on time, artfully assembled."
--- Serena Markstrom
Register Guard Two Piece Orchestra CD Release Preview
Press Clips - Transplants:
The Comforters' songs evoke the spare, emotive style of early century Americana, loaded with pathos and a little bit of fear and loathing...Pia's voice seals the deal, it's haunting and enchanting.
Salem Statesman Journal
“Transplants” is an offering comprised of tender Americana pop with female vocals and roots rock earnestness. Very melodic, and extremely alluring.
Transplants, is saturated with seemingly weightless songs. Pia's delicate vocals float over a loose acoustic guitar and keyboard melody, recalling Rose Melberg or Maria Taylor but with a more ethereal quality.
Pia and Jason Robbins should be applauded for producing a collection of simple albeit deep songs that touch the soul.
Pop Culture Press
"Transplants" is so beautiful that it is almost unreal...this is the cd you dream of for years.
"The Comforters do exactly what their name suggests. They are a husband/wife team based out of Eugene, Oregon and together they make a lilting and joyful noise, full of melody and quietly seductive. Plenty of potential for a gentle sway around the kitchen to this one, folks."
lonesome music UK
Every nuance and jutting segment adds texture to the songs from the rustic tones of a harmonica to the bucolic twangs of a steel guitar. The Comforters' music has wide appeal and is just pleasant to listen to on a lazy Sunday in any country.
The Comforters play acoustic Americana with beautiful and sparse instrumental backing…. the songs are tender with pop leanings. If the misery of your alienation, depression or heartbreak needs company, the Comforters will be a comfort to you.
The Comforters did a wonderful performance, which was somewhat remarkable considering there's only two of them...Their songs are melodic, mellow, and smooth, fronted by Pia's lovely vocals and backed by Jason's acoustic and electric guitar and Pia's keyboards.
Live Show Review -
we heart music.com
On their album, "Transplants", The Comforters fill out their sound with perfectly placed harmonies and guitar solos... I like them the most when they bravely keep the music quiet, soft, and so slow it's almost still.
Ultra Indie Album Review
"With Jason’s masterfully crafted guitar licks and Pia’s whimsical vocal style, the two construct perfectly penned pop songs but put a folk spin on the lyrics, which is pleasingly gentle."
The Weekly Volcano - Critic's Choice - Show Preview
Additional Show Previews/Features in:
SLO TIMES (July 2007)
HipFish (May/June 2007)
Vashon Loop (Oct. 2006)
The Comforters dispatches from the road at:
Register Guard Ticket Online (Summer 2007)