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Single Serving: Birdlips – One Tongue

February 23rd, 2011

Birdlips is the project of Virginia-based Lindsay Pitts and Cliff Usher: a duo who have been using their music to live out their rock ‘n roll dream: they’ve been wandering the country for the past year, playing gigs and recording tracks along the way.  Their latest mini-album, titled One Tongue, was recorded in Sandpiper Cove, Destin, Florida.  It collects 8 slices of flowery, smokey psyched-pop that alternates between flowery, earthy and upbeat to spacey, billowing and plaintive.  For example, the opener, “Paper Palms” has a faded, washed-out ambiance that envelops Pitt’s lovely, dream-like vocals alongside a sparse electric guitars that are whirring and woozy.  The next cut, “Under Crooked Trees” features a cuddly, organic rhythm and an upbeat but light-headed melody.  The duo share the vocal duties on the album, supporting the lyrics with glistening, woozy ambiance, catchy melodies and organic rhythms.  It’s one of the best things I’ve recently discovered in my inbox.

They’ll be playing a free show at the Hotel Utah on March 2 at 9:00 pm.  Definitely a gig.  After all, it’s not everyday that you get to hear quality music by a rising artist for nothing.  Buy One Tongue from Bandcamp for pay what you want (including free – though I’d implore you pay a few dollars to support the artists).

Birdlips – Paper Palms
Birdlips – One In Seven

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