New Noise: Strange Birds

30 Jul

By Allison Flaker

Strange Birds is a transcendental dream; a fluttery and feathery journey through a whimsical forest. Their melancholy self-titled EP is clean, airy and offers the simplest instrumentation, stripped of elaborate orchestration. Their lovely and intimate music is to be paired with a sun-lit afternoon at the beach soaking up California’s golden coast with some Thoreau in hand.

This folk duo from Irvine made up of Aidin Sadeghi and Bret Leinen know how to induce just the right amount of tranquility without rocking you gently into a coma. As many other great musicians do, these two met each other through the local music scene in Orange County. It didn’t take long for them to begin collaborating together and release an EP. The result was something pure, organic and the evidence of a fruitful friendship. The album, which was posted on their bandcamap site in March, has since received more than 600 downloads. The two haven’t spent much of their time performing but that seems to be changing. With only a few recent appearances, the guys have two upcoming shows at Detroit Bar, which will hopefully lead to more.

The ease in which they formulate each song, a combination of echoing vocals and gently strummed guitar melodies, is tantalizing and inviting. The two present beautifully raw vocals very reminiscent of Fleet Fox’s Robin Pecknold but, with their own ghostly style. I particularly enjoy the wistful yet upbeat track “Chasing Ghosts” with it’s experimentation and synthesized sounds and instruments towards the end. The steady pluck of the electric guitar and subtle drum beat give off the sensation of an actual chase.

Strange Birds’ intoxicating sound is both invigorating and soothing, full of life and color. Though they are a young and relatively unknown band, I have no doubts it won’t take long for others to notice their talent and ingenuity.

Strange Birds with Francisco The Man, The Blank Tapes and Preacher’s Sons this Tuesday, August 3 at Detroit Bar. Free; 21+; 9 p.m.

One Response to “New Noise: Strange Birds”

  1. pdog at 7:25 pm #

    favorite EP of 2010

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