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Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Bird(z) and the Bee(z)

The next big band to come out of L.A. isn’t big at all. It is a duo, who goes by the moniker The Bird and the Bee. Inara George and Greg Kurstin were brought together by their love of jazz and have collaborated to make one of the most addictive albums of this young year. Released by Blue Note in January the self-titled debut effort has already climbed the Indie Radio Select Album Charts to number 15. It has also landed the duo a recent spot on the Jay Leno Show, an upcoming appearance on The Carson Daily Show, a nomination for “Best Alternative Dance Track” at the International Dance Music Awards and as the opening act of Lily Allen’s U.K. tour. And with over 300,00 hits on their MySpace page since they developed it in April 2006, they don’t show any signs of slowing down.
Their sound is very poppy electronica, along the lines of Teddybears “yours to keep” or pretty much anything from The Blow. It’s really a throw back to 60’s pop vocals with enough modern electronic guts to make it appealing to today’s listening audience. The music and beats are workings of Kurstin, who gets some writing and production credits from the above mentioned Lily Allen as well as a remix of “Free Radicals” on the recently U.K. released Flaming Lips “It Over Takes Me” EP. The vocals are left up to George, and are hypnotically harmonized and very layered. The combination of the vocals with the looped instruments and beats make The Bird and the Bee sound a lot bigger then they are with a true break through sound.
Watch for The Bird and The Bee to explode in the next few months, especially when Danger Mouse or Hot Chip start re-mixing these gems.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good to see your ambition has risen and your talents are again being challanged. Keep up the good work.


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