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Birds of Play (from the album Birdsongs of the American West available as a self-release) (by Danny McCloskey)
Gathering in the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado, Birds of Play are a string band. The four members, Alex Paul (guitar/mandolin/vocals), Eric Shedd (bass/mandolin/guitar/vocals), Anneke Dean (violin/vocals) and Jake Tolan on (guitar/mandolin/vocals) incorporate elements of Bluegrass, Classical, Jazz, Folk, and other styles to create the soundtrack for Birdsongs of the American West. Birds of Play share and blend vocal harmonies fluidly throughout the album, the playing quieting, rising up, and smoothing out across the musical soundscape. Top shelf musicianship and solid song-crafting land Birds of Play in the peer group of performers such as The Wood Brothers, Andrew Bird, and Punch Brothers.
An uplifting exuberance is captured within the music of Birdsongs of the American West when Birds of Play encourage to “Breathe” and “Exhale” as companion pieces for the recording. A Blue texture is an undercurrent for “Numbers and Names” while slow, determined strums support the questionable decisions of “Paradox of Choice” and Indie Americana surrounds story in “Stargazer”. Birds of Play chose the Sherbino Theatre in Ridgeway, Colorado to record Birdsongs of the American West, bringing in the venue’s house soundman, Derek Jones, as recording engineer for the project. A tangle of notes playfully tumble as opening cut “Texture” begins the song cycle for Birdsongs of the American West as the album quiets for the methodical sway of “On the Eve of Adam’s Redress”. Birds of Play offer “Peace” as a goodbye and talk of dark days and hopes in “Aftermath” while building a sturdy melody note by note with “Linden and Oak”. (by Danny McCloskey)
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