On Disc: The Bird and The Bee

Album: The Bird and The Bee

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Bird and The Bee by The Bird and The Bee

The Bird and The Bee
The Bird and The Bee
Blue Note Records

4 stars

Picture a perfect spring day: the warm sun is glowing and fluffy clouds are floating in a beautiful blue sky as you dip your toes into a calm, cool lake.

With its creamy vocals and bubbly instrumentals, L.A.’s The Bird and The Bee provides a similar vernal feeling.

Self-described as a “futuristic 1960s American film set in Brazil,” The Bird and The Bee is making a splash in the indie scene, taking musical experience to sun-shiny new heights.

The band’s name isn’t a sexual innuendo; it refers to the band members’ nicknames. Keyboardist Greg Kurstin is “Bird” and songstress Inara George is “Bee.”

The jazz-inspired duo’s self-titled debut full-length is a treat for the ears.

With a dash of electronica, a pinch of ambient, and a heaping spoonful of indie rock, the band’s sound is reminiscent of Leslie Feist and Frou Frou’s Imogen Heap.

Tracks like “I Hate Camera” or “La La La” will have you jiving to your iPod, while other tunes offer profound sentiment and sultry vocals.

Nursing its mutual adoration for jazz, The Bird and The Bee creates imaginative, inspiring tunes. The band offers more than an audio experience; its album art is visually stimulating.

Combining inventive melodies and defining lyrics, The Bird And The Bee’s vibrant summery feeling is perfect for drowning your winter blues.

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