Deer Fellow – Let It Breathe (Spotify)

“"Let it breathe" is the recent work of a known Folk duo. Feel the romantic air coming from the instrumental notes. Find the absolute balance in the charming singing of Alyssa Kelly.”

“Let it Breathe” is an ode to repressed memories. Despite trying to push it away, the shame of the subject’s past choices still lingers. The regret of words unsaid can no longer be silenced. Set to guitar, piano, and violin, this is the last song of our debut EP, Words Unsaid.

Deer Fellow is an indie folk-pop duo with a “new wave soul twist.” Based out of Austin, bandmates Matt Salois (guitar, vocals) and Alyssa Kelly (violin, vocals, piano) met at an open mic and were quick to collaborate. Fast forward to present day and coupledom, the two have built a cross-genre sound that “pulls you in right away, stirring romance and broken hearts.”

The duo's vocal harmonies and unique guitar-violin blends have landed them features on KUTX 98.9 Radio, CBS Austin, and EASTside Magazine. Often compared to the likes of Andrew Bird and The Civil Wars, Deer Fellow's debut EP, Words Unsaid, presents a collection of authentic songwriting and soundscapes that “surround and warm the soul." From live showcases with Austin greats to virtual festivals alongside such artists as Grammy winner John Paul White, their style and substance have garnered attention within the indie music industry.

Fans describe their live performance as an experience that “gives that warm tingly feeling, like taking a bath with a glass of champagne.” The group currently plays all around Austin and plans to go on tour in the near future.

Reviewed by Nagamag on March 12, 2021