These Fine Moments, the Austin, Texas-based duo of Hilary Kaufmann and Robert Watts, delivers an honest blend of folk, pop and depression that borrows from ’70’s pop/rock (a la Fleetwood Mac, The Hollies, The Beatles) and American Indie (The Jayhawks, Decemberists, Shovels & Rope) with strong, lyric-centered co-vocals and lush harmonies.
Formed in 2011, These Fine Moments recently released their fifth cd, Break It, Bought It (independent), and perform regularly as a duo or with their full band in the Austin and Seattle areas.
"Robert Watts and Hilary Kaufmann again team up with producer Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani DiFranco) for 10 tracks of immediately appealing pop music. Watts and Kaufmann are one of the better harmony vocal duos in town, and they benefit from the contributions of a few ace local players, including guitarists Andre Moran and Stephen Doster. All songs are their own save for “She Goes Out,” a standout Hallman composition.” Peter Blackstock, Austin-American Statesman
“One gets the sense that the deeper connection between the co-lead vocalists in These Fine Moments informs their songwriting, resulting in honest and emotionally open songs.” Leks Maltby, Aside//Beside Blogspot
"The songs shine without polishing the human element from the recording.” Danny McClosky, Alternate Root.
“A cohesive storytelling project start to finish”, says Greg Forest of Heart Beat of Texas Magazine. “Hilary and Robert have penned songs worthy of your ears.”