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Cynthia Hopkins & James Lavino bring you music from above the tree line.

Eric Ogden

062524

Season Two of James's podcast,
Alternate Sides, has launched

Season Two covers films from 1983-1992, and includes Fatal Attraction, The Silence of the Lambs, and Do the Right Thing

A description of the podcast:

James and Sam have been friends and collaborators for over 20 years. They’ve worked on films and TV shows and commercials together and have written numerous scripts that lie unproduced in their shared Dropbox folder.

But James has a secret: he hasn’t actually seen that many movies. And Sam, who’s a bit of a film snob, has been giving him a hard time about it for years. As James enters undeniable middle age, he has finally promised to catch up on some of the films he’s missed.

Every week or so, while Sam has to move his Subaru from one side of a Brooklyn street to the other (to appease the street-cleaning gods), they chat about a classic movie that James has somehow managed to avoid until now.

One film from each year of James’s life so far: 1973 to 2023…

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"The Lines"
the second single from our new album

The second single from our upcoming new album

is now available on all streaming services.

Written and performed by James Lavino & Cynthia Hopkins.
With drumming by Dave King (The Bad Plus)

Mixed and produced by Nick Krill. Mastered by Alex DeTurk.

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click to stream the single:
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Bandcamp
  • YouTube

Or listen here:

The Lines
00:00 / 03:43
052124

"The Opening"
the first single from our new album

The first single from our upcoming new album

is now available on all streaming services.

Written and performed by James Lavino & Cynthia Hopkins.
With drumming by Charlie Hall (The War on Drugs).

Mixed and produced by Nick Krill. Mastered by Alex DeTurk.

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click to stream the single:
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Bandcamp
  • YouTube

Or listen here:

The Opening
00:00 / 03:56
0121223

James's new podcast,
Alternate Sides, has launched

A description of the podcast:

James and Sam have been friends and collaborators for over 20 years. They’ve worked on films and TV shows and commercials together and have written numerous scripts that lie unproduced in their shared Dropbox folder.

But James has a secret: he hasn’t actually seen that many movies. And Sam, who’s a bit of a film snob, has been giving him a hard time about it for years. As James enters undeniable middle age, he has finally promised to catch up on some of the films he’s missed.

Every week or so, while Sam has to move his Subaru from one side of a Brooklyn street to the other (to appease the street-cleaning gods), they chat about a classic movie that James has somehow managed to avoid until now.

One film from each year of James’s life so far: 1973 to 2023…

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Or listen to the Series Intro here:

Series Intro
00:00 / 12:32
012223

The new EP, "Redeemable,"
streaming now!

Our third EP, Redeemable, is now available on all streaming platforms.

Five new songs

Written and performed by Cynthia Hopkins & James Lavino.

with Dave King (The Bad Plus) on drums
Produced, recorded and mixed by Nick Krill. Mastered by Alex DeTurk.

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click to stream the album:
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Bandcamp
  • YouTube

Or listen to a sample track here:

Obsolete Vernacular
00:00 / 03:58
012223

A new EP, "Redeemable,"
is coming soon

Our third EP, Redeemable, will be released worldwide on February 15th.

Five new songs

Written and performed by Cynthia Hopkins & James Lavino.

with Dave King (The Bad Plus) on drums
Produced, recorded and mixed by Nick Krill. Mastered by Alex DeTurk.

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082021

Love Is the Means,
our debut album, is out NOW

Our debut album is out. Ten songs.

Written and performed by Cynthia Hopkins & James Lavino.
With drumming by Charlie Hall (The War on Drugs)

and Dave King (The Bad Plus).

Mixed by Nick Krill. Mastered by Alex DeTurk.

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click to stream the album:
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Bandcamp
  • YouTube

Or listen to a sample track here:

Seriously Though
00:00 / 03:50
080921

"The Trees"
the fourth single from our album

The fourth single from our forthcoming debut album is out now.

"The Trees" is available from all streaming services.

Written and performed by Cynthia Hopkins & James Lavino.
With drumming by Dave King (The Bad Plus).

Mixed by Nick Krill. Mastered by Alex DeTurk.

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click to stream the single:
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Bandcamp
  • YouTube

Or listen here:

The Trees
00:00 / 03:49
072321

"What It's Like"
the third single from our album

The third single from our forthcoming debut album is out now.

"What It's Like" is available from all streaming services.

Written and performed by Cynthia Hopkins & James Lavino.
With drumming by Charlie Hall (The War on Drugs).

Mixed by Nick Krill. Mastered by Alex DeTurk.

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click to stream the single:
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Bandcamp
  • YouTube

Or listen here:

What It's Like
00:00 / 03:27
070921

"Liner Notes"
the second single from our album

The second single from our forthcoming debut album is out now.

"Liner Notes" is available from all streaming services.

Written and performed by Cynthia Hopkins & James Lavino.
Mixed by Nick Krill. Mastered by Alex DeTurk.

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click to stream the single:
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Bandcamp
  • YouTube

Or listen here:

Liner Notes
00:00 / 03:16
062421

"Seriously Though"
the first single from our album

The first single from our forthcoming debut album is out now. "Seriously Though" is available from all streaming services.

Written and performed by Cynthia Hopkins & James Lavino. Drumming by Dave King. Mixed by Nick Krill. Mastered by Alex DeTurk.

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click to stream the single:
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Bandcamp
  • YouTube

Or listen here:

Seriously Though
00:00 / 03:50
012921

THE LONG DISTANCE
IS OUT

Our second EP, The Long Distance, is available through all streaming platforms.

Includes a cover of "We Work the Black Seam Together", from Sting's 1985 album The Dream of the Blue Turtles.

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click to stream the full EP:
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Bandcamp
  • YouTube

Or listen to a sample track here:

We Work the Black Seam Together
00:00 / 06:18
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Murder on Middle Beach

We wrote and recorded the main title theme for the HBO documentary series Murder on Middle Beach. Streaming now on HBO Max.

The series score was composed by Fellwalker member James Lavino.

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click to stream the full soundtrack album:
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • YouTube
  • Amazon

Or listen to the title theme here:

Murder On Middle Beach (main title theme)
00:00 / 00:50
112020

SHELTER

IS OUT

Our debut EP, Shelter, is available now through all streaming platforms.

 

Five songs that were written and reocrded at our homes when the covid-19 lockdown forced us to halt work on our full-length LP (which is coming in 2021).

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click to stream the full EP:
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Bandcamp
  • YouTube

Or listen to a sample track here:

Time Moves
00:00 / 03:39
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