Title - 'Signs And Wonders'
Artist - Birdsong At Morning
For those not in the classical know, Birdsong At Morning, led by singer/songwriter Alan Williams, along with compatriots Darleen Wilson (guitar) and Greg Porter (bass), and a host of new and old collaborators, spin elegant tapestries of sound, words, and music.
Based in Lowell, Massachusetts, birthplace of Jack Kerouac, Bette Davis, and the American industrial revolution, the band Birdsong At Morning is part of a growing community of artists and musicians, inspired by heritage and the spirit of renewal evidenced all around them, and prominently on display in many of the bandís videos.
Thought-provoking and soul-baring, their music reflects the solid foundation of the still standing brickwork, and the warmth of the beating hearts within.
From the quietly ambitious 4-CD box set debut, Annals of My Glass House (2011), through the expansive territory of A Slight Departure (2015), to the masterful new album, Signs and Wonders (out now via Gentian Records), Birdsong At Morning has garnered rave reviews and airplay around the world.
2. 'Signs And Wonders'
3. 'All Sadness To Come'
5. 'My Ghost'
6. 'Won't Let It Go'
7. 'Arms Around Me'
9. 'Smiles Of A Summer Night'
10. 'Kehena Shuffle'
11. 'Study In Blue'
The beautiful, free flowing wonderment of 'Waterfall' is the most perfect way to begin this musical journey and that's backed seamlessly by both the title track (whose title was inspired by a throwaway line for Tommy Lee Jones in 'No Country For Old Men') and then the stoically beautifully 'All Sadness To Come.'
'Logical,' with a lovely multi-octave bass, is a delightfully sparse cover of the most beloved of all Supertramp songs, 'The Logical Song' and that's backed by another in that less-is-more vein, 'My Ghost.' The tempo is picked up for the gently upbeat 'Won't Let It Go,' before the summer sun shining, windows down vibe of 'Arms Around Me' is upon us.
The peaceful, at times whispered ballad 'Extraordinary' is a pure, unadulterated gem here about the beauty in things often overlooked, and is followed by the soaring 'Smiles Of A Summer Night' (whose title comes from an early Ingmar Bergman film).
The album then, sadly, comes to a close with the jaunty instrumental bounce of 'Kehena Shuffle' (a track inspired by Hawaiian slack key guitar tuning), and then the pensive, mournful-at-times, Beatlesque ballad, 'Study In Blue.
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