Metaphors relating a band's sound to their name can come off as lazy and uninspired, but in the case of Glendale, California's Biirdie,it's impossible to resist the temptation to make such a connection. Theshifting folk-tinged pop exhibited on the band's forthcoming second LP,Catherine Avenue, tends to soar freely like the winged animals they borrow their name from; album cut "LA Is Mars" is no exception.
Injust under four and a half minutes, Biirdie shift effortlessly betweenthe countrified balladry of early Wilco, the sunny harmonies of theElephant 6 collective, and 70's Laurel Canyon guitar pop. VocalistJared Flamm's creaky moan is perfectly complimented by the accompanyingvocal harmonies that the rest of the band supplies; the searingcountrified guitar licks near the song's end add expansive depth asFlamm muses, "Do you feel like you were living life in a dream?" Any ofthese musical elements standing alone would be considered relativelyaverage; however, Biirdie synthesize their influences to create pretty,laid-back Americana that justifies their sonic flights of fancy. Catherine Avenue drops Jan. 22 via Love Minus Zero.
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Biirdie - "LA Is Mars" DOWNLOAD MP3
Talk: Do you agree with Biirdie that L.A. might be another planet?