Virgin of the Birds – Sketching the Soul’s Desire

Just discovered the sounds of Jon Rooney and his spritually named moniker: “Virgin of the Birds.”  He has three EPs for immediate and free download.  He seems to be a one man entity and pulls it off quite convincingly.  I will add a sampling of tunage at the end for your reviewing/ downloading pleasure.

From the website:  Named after a poor English translation of a Salvador Dali painting, Virgin of the Birds is primarily Jon Rooney augmented by the talents of various folks for live shows and selected recording. Virgin of the Birds was created as an outlet for Rooney’s songs outside of Morning Spy, an indie pop/rock band he formed in San Francisco that has enjoyed considerable inconspicuous acclaim since their debut release first surfaced in early 2004.

As a collection of pop songs, Mixed Choir, released in July 2007 by Abandoned Love Records, treads a line between intimate, lo fi folk and the occasional grandeur of early art rock. These are songs about girls, heresy, defiance and bright, searching guitars among other things. Indie pop is an excitable mistress, best quelled with a cocktail of hazy major-key melodies, unruly e-bow, and arcane balladry. Every Rival, the first in a series of download-only EPs, was released at the start of the summer of 2009 followed byDear Furies.

Jon from Virgin of the Birds played a live set at our house gig on New Year’s Eve, 2009. We both webcast and recorded it all, and this is the video of Spanish Accusations from that performance.

Spanish Accusations – From: Dear Furies

Let Me Be Your Bride – From: Banquet Years

Every Rival – From: Every Rival

~ by castleqwayr on February 13, 2010.

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