Having won the favor of indie and dance music critics alike, Iâ€™m going to have to coin a new genre just for The Bird And The Bee. Ready? Retro-futurama-faux-bubblegum-pop. Like it? I do, like totally.
The Bird And The Beeâ€™s self-titled debut sounds like Thom Yorke on massive doses of Prozac (and Progesterone) or maybe a Stereolab/Beach Boys collabo. Producer Greg Kurstin sprinkles happy bells, xylophones, triangles and spacious tambourines over Casiotonic drumbeats, warm (and sometimes fuzzy) analog-ish synth sounds and acoustic guitar strummings, weaving a magic wall-to-wall carpet under singer Inara Georgeâ€™s pure mellifluous vocals and intentional clichÃ©s.
The duo tempers their syrupy-sweet and contagious pop with lyrical ironies on songs like â€œF*cking Boyfriendâ€ and â€œLa La La.â€ And, despite their clean and pretty exterior, these songs are anything but unsophisticated. Jazz-inspired vocal arrangement, dub, motown, bossa nova, classical, crunk, new wave and jazz standards are only some of the ingredients in Kurstin and Georgeâ€™s ear-candy.
There arenâ€™t any bad songs here and in general the choruses are the real payoff. â€œIâ€™m A Broken Heart,â€ a lilting ballad told from the organâ€™s much neglected perspective, and â€œMy Fair Lady,â€ a song about pining, are especially pleasing.
Out now on Blue Note/EMI Records, The Bird and The Bee's currently on tour with Lily Allen. Listen on their Amazon or iTunes.
by DJ Scribe