Birds of Chicago (from the album Love in Wartime available from Signature Sounds)
The weight of the world as it carries cultural upheaval while equally burdened by a lack of leadership was the backdrop for Birds of Chicago when the entered the studio to record Love in Wartime. Repairing the deep divides that stretch between us and them is a monumental task and while Birds of Chicago are not seeking to take on the whole planet, they offer solace on a personal level, spreading good news from house to house with Love in Wartime. To supplement their efforts, Birds oh Chicago point to the seismic strides made in the 1960’s and 1970’s for equality and human rights, band member Alison Russell feeling that ‘any act of love is an act of bravery. These songs are snapshots of covenants, big and small, of trust and understanding. We want to give people some good news, and we want them to be able to dance when they hear it’. Love in Wartime searches the skies for “Superlover” amid guitar notes that sparkle like stars and words that encourage to find a hero within. The title track parades purposefully on a persistent rumble of percussion as Love in Wartime uses handclaps to applaud the awakening and lead the rhythms of “Roll Away” and introduce “Roisin Starchild” on the funky strums of classic soul.
Husband and wife Alison Russell and JT Nero formed Birds of Chicago in 2012 after the pair had spent time in other musical projects (Po’ Girl, JT and the Clouds). They entered Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, Illinois to record Love in Wartime on election day January 2017. Co-produced by JT Nero and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), the album marks the moment when drama replaced dignity in the oval office, the event serving as a springboard for their urgency in the songs to catch air and fly. Chords chops create the funk for the affirmations of “Never Go Back” while the slow addition of instrumentation builds “Lodestar” as the arrangement unfolds like audio flowers seeking light. Birds of Chicago point fingers over the gently rolling acoustics of “Try” and put the happiness of home into the effervescent groove of “Travelers”.
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