Title - 'Black Bird White Sky' (Evenfall Records)
Artist - Black Bird White Sky
Created in 2011 in Brooklyn, Ronnie Shingelo, singer and creator of Black Bird White Sky teamed up with producer/engineer/mixer Nic Hard (The Bravery, Aberdeen City, Church, The Ropes) and co-producer/engineer Jonathan Goldstein for this truly outstanding self-titled debut album.
It opens with 'Little Kiss,' before heading into the romantic flow of 'Sleepless,' to my mind one of the best tracks on this album. Then comes the gentle guitar rap intro of 'Lay You Down,' which once sped up is yet another wonderfully vibrant tune to behold.
Knowing that Black Bird White Sky was actually recorded on an MBox with software at Ronnie’s private home studio (and later at Nic’s studio), the eclectic results are a beautiful collection of new songs to encourage the general public to once again believe in the singer/songwriter of today.
The trippy 'M.I.A.' is next, with the heavier 'Before Sunrise' backing it. Obviously one to showcase the entire band - Shingelo, Tommy Binasco (guitar, backing vox), Luke Wagman (maschine, sampling, beats), Jenna Perry (synth, backing vox) and Matt Belardinelli on drums - it's not my favorite on the album. Indeed, it seems when Shingelo takes a harder approach to his music the songs seem to lose some mellow, humble grounding to them. Indeed, this musically emotional world of his is shown to immense depth with the sorrowful 'I Saw Your Soul,' a track that breaks the album apart.
The melodic 'Remember The Time' is followed by the excellent 'Dreamer,' a song that combines driving dance beats and soaring vocal melodies with catchy synth hooks and guitar riffs. The album is then brought to a close (too early for my liking) with the generic 'As We Danced,' but then the tenderly haunting lyrics of 'Bright Star.'