By Miles Raymer
Updated March 12, 2015 at 04:29 PM EDT
Credit: Jeremy Cowart

Since 2006 Amanda Sudano-Ramirez and Abner Ramirez have been making music that bonds together folk, rock, pop, and soul, resulting in something that stands well apart from the current deluge of Mumford clones. The same ability to forge connections between different genres seems to have worked on themselves personally as well—the two are now both collaborators on a marriage as well as a band, Johnnyswim.

Last year the pair released an album, Diamonds, that earned them critical acclaim and a growing fan base. Now they’re releasing a dusty, dramatic video for the album’s inspirational title cut. “‘Diamonds’ is a song about the realization that even the hardest times can somehow make life more beautiful,” Sudano-Ramirez explains, “just like the years of pressure that turns coal into a diamond.”


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