Thursday, March 31, 2011

Album: Birds Of Passage - Without The World

Band: Birds Of Passage
Album: Without The World
Label: Denovali Records, Futurerecordings
Year: 2010

01. You
02. Scarlet Monkeys
03. Fantastic Frown
04. Pray For A Sunny Day
05. Skeletons
06. The Patterns On Your Face
07. All My Lines
08. Heal
09. Whisper A Word
10. My Own Mind
11. Those Blackest Winter Nights
12. Alone And Raw

For someone who thinks it's difficult to describe music in general it's even more difficult to describe the soundscapes of Birds Of Passage. The influences of Alicia Merz, the girl behind Birds Of Passage, are her memories, breathless-inspiring cold winds, the smell and atmosphere of a spring day, smoking cigarettes, sunshine and shadows. As a mixture of all these elements and a minimalistic experimental instrumentation you could describe her music as follows: sometimes shy, sometimes more energetic ('Fantastic Frown') but always intensely and extremly private. Listening to her debut record 'Without The World' is like sharing one long day with Alicia and her thoughts in the diverse landscapes of her home country New Zealand.

Alicia doesn't need the bombastic spectacle of a band to evoke emotions, with the help of different instruments, used in a minimalistic way and combined with field recordings she doesn't create specific songs, she builds up a mood. You maybe can describe Birds Of Passage as a singer songwriter for people who don't like singer songwriter music. There's no typical song structure, there's no melody to chase after ' but there's a development which absorbs you and which makes you start to think about elements you block out in your everyday life.

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Iras said...

Thank you, and greetings from Italy for the blog!

geoisis said...

Many thanx Iras :D, greetings from Greece!

keytiee said...

could you upload the tracks once again?

Nordsee said...

Done! Enjoy! :)

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