With connections to Dolly Mixture, St. Etienne, and Heavenly, Birdie emerges from an über-indie cloud with their first stateside CD, Some Dusty. Birdie has garnered some attention in the UK and they’ve released a seven-inch on Sub Pop in the US, but they remain largely unknown this side of the pond. But considering how good Some Dusty is, that may be changing soon. Birdie has mastered the art of soft-indie-pop. Their musical sources are culled from baroque and roll legends like the Left Banke, Free Design, and Love. They also bear striking similarities to Heavenly and St. Etienne, for obvious reasons, as well as Adventures In Stereo, and to a lesser extent, Luna. The songs, punctuated with organs and light guitars, are exquisite, and Deborah Wykes’ vocals make a soothing compliment to the instrumentation. There is not a lame song on the record. Tunes like the Lovin’ Spoonful-inspired “Laugh,” the somber “Let Her Go,” and “Folk Singer” prove Birdie’s tremendous pop aptitude. Added to this, the CD includes an enchanting video for “Folk Singer.” All in all, Some Dusty is an excellent debut LP.
Kindercore Records, P.O. Box 461, Athens, GA 30603; http://www.kindercore.com