An accomplished slice of soulful indie pop that rewards more than a few replays.
On first listen “Golden Street” took me back to the 90’s when I was listening to Fiona Apple and Luscious Jackson, it’s indie pop alright but good indie pop. It’s polished, tight and these guys and girl have their sound but then with “Metro Dream” it took another direction into the Zero 7’s Simple Things domain, so I could use the word homage, lightly, although they probably didn’t intend it, i certainly mean it as a compliment.
A mix of a number of musical elements, such as Troplicalia-influenced vocals, especially on “Movin On” (where Laura starts singing in Brazillian Portuguese), bluesy guitars, proggy too with the guitar solo on “Keep On Falling”, ringing keyboards, and classical string arrangements, into a relaxing, potent wave of sounds. BirdDreams cosmic instrumental journeys are marketable as hipster easy listening.
The production on this seems minimal, and not enhanced in any way, just the necessary amount of production which leads me to believe that BirdDream will sound just as good live. It’s diverse genre combinations mesh really well together like it’s trying to tell a story, beginning, middle and end. If this band make it, I see the potential for it to be able to reinvent itself over and over as wisdom and talent expands with experience.
The band name BirdDream sounds amateur compared to the sophisticated sound that it’s presenting, it could use a bit more imagination or separate it’s self from itself, the double D’s feel like a badly fitted bra and it just confuses my eye’s but that’s just the spelling nazi in me.
It’s diverse and overall it’s grown up music for the kids to dig. A mixture of humility and pride, and also thoughtfulness in words. I’ll be adding Golden Street, Metro Dream & Movin’ On to my Spotify playlist.
Review by Natasha Caetano