On “Paradise,” Jax Band Souvineer Give Listeners a Take-Home Version of Somber and Engaging Balladry

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What began as a side project in 2020 for Jacksonville singer-songwriter Alissa Leonard (Isabella Parole, Manatella), Souvineer is now fleshed out as a four piece.

The deceptively titled “Paradise” is surely not a jam for the Indian summer. Instead, we get a five-minute minor-key contemplation on the arrival of an imminent storm, amends and a paradise “that never ends.”

Souvineer are skilled at maintaining a rolling moodiness with certain restraint. Leonard’s voice has a nice twang that is met by surf-reverb arpeggios and the whole band aims “Paradise” up and outward at the point of crescendo. “Paradise” is a nice curveball in the local-music game. And hopefully Leonard and company will harness their skills into a full-length release.

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