Tiny Birds Vs. Futurebirds

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Birds are pretty cool animals.  I once raised two birds from eggs after the next-door neighbor boy—who was a bully and troubled from an abusive family—killed the mother and inserted the eggs into his jeans pocket.  One egg cracked, but after much coaxing, my sisters and I took possession of these orphans and came up with a plan for their new life.  We placed them in an empty aquarium and with a small light for warming they soon hatched to a mother-less upbringing.  We feed them with an eye-dropper of bread mixed with water and later some tasty birdseed.  Later they earned their wings and soon started lives of their own in the great suburban unknown.  About two weeks after their bon voyage, they alighted on the outside of our closed-in porch and gave some friendly chirps—”Hey guys, thanks and we’ll be just fine!”—and flew away never to be seen by their proud adoptive parents again. 

‘Tiny Birds’ sound like a Celtic folk band (see bio below), full of delightful twists and turns and the price is unbelievable!

‘Futurebirds’ vibe is Americana and musically, to these ears, have elements of ‘My Morning Jacket.’ Some of their songs have a psychedelic feel from the summer of love era, and as you will hear in the video, they can jam when required!             

Tiny Birds – Hymn For The Careless

Hymns for the Careless – the fantastic debut album from Tiny Birds – splices indie-folk sounds with classic pop songwriting. Its eight tracks are short, sweet and relentlessly endearing, suggestive of good indie stock like Hefner, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, The Wave Pictures and Port O’Brien. Previously dubbed ‘sad songs with happy music’, Tiny Birds never so much as set foot in a minor key, but their smatterings of ukulele and thick daubs of Technicolor banjo nestle alongside lyrics of nostalgia and regret. The album winds a lyrical course from the beaches of Norfolk to the playgrounds of London, taking in ancient Greece and Renaissance Venice on the way. If you like simple pop melodies and complex folk arrangements then you’ll love this. The cold-hearted need not apply. Free Download at Bandcamp

Covered in kudzu and swathed in a blanket of humidity, Spanish moss, feedback and reverb exists Futurebirds. Here, at this intersection, we find a synthesis of the two extremes of Neil Young‘s yin and yang.  It’s at this crossroads, on this plane that Futurebirds meld the sweet, lilting, pedal steel and harmonies of the Stray Gators with the raucous, buzzing, distortion of Crazyhorse


~ by castleqwayr on April 20, 2011.

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