Friday, November 2, 2012

Birdfingers - Birdfingers II

Hailing from Kalamazoo, MI and featuring Andy Catlin of Lasso,  Birdfingers II is a gorgeous and delicate orchestral folk record. The music has a slow churning, ethereal quality to it punctuated by some of the deepest baritone vocals this side of a Beat Happening album. There's a lot going on in most of the songs--nearly a dozen musicians are credited with contributions and they all put their fair share of work in. Miraculously, nothing ever gets muddled amidst all the instrumentation, and the group's subtlety and quiet restraint create a warm and inviting record that rewards repeated listening. Truth be told, this sort of album normally isn't my thing and yet I still find myself coming back for more. Check out Birdfingers' bandcamp page for more downloads, or pick up a physical copy Birdfingers II which includes a handmade gatefold sleeve.

- Steve

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