The Dangling Participles are a Lansing-based band with a diverse song set ranging from Americana and rock to jazz and blues. As album reviewer Ricky Olmos of Local Spins put it, “The Dangling Participles’ ‘Present’ evokes sonic images of crowded back-alley speakeasies, smokey blues bars and exotic, faraway lands. [Their album] is a genre-spanning body of work, with an inclination toward acoustic-inspired songs.”
The group’s soulful vocals—shared by Tamiko Rothhorn and Austin Kaufmann—give the group its signature sound, rich in harmonies. Instrumentally, Kaufmann anchors the group on guitar, with Tamiko adding cornet and ukulele. Tim Patterson fills out the low end on his bass, and Dan Moreno rounds out the rhythm section on drums and percussion.