EPs from Birds of California and The Month of June mark the inaugural releases from February Records (formerly known as Tweefort.)
I’m terrible at writing proper reviews (even when asked), but here are some quick impressions:
Last week, when I wrote about The Honey Skoolmates, I mentioned a compilation called Moshi Moshi: Pop International Style. Though Birds of California are based in Portland, OR, the songs on their EP Great Expectations sound like they would be right at home on that much beloved (by me) 2CD set (maybe it’s the horns?) The three song EP starts out sweet with “Great Expectations” (I love the horns, chimes, etc. in this track — there’s a lot going on, but it never becomes overwhelming.) The next song, “Saturday,” is a bit slower, but has the same layered instrumentation and backing vocals (not unlike something you might hear on a Beulah album.) The EP closes with “Laugh Out Loud,” a fast-paced pop romp that might just be my favorite out of the three tracks.
Great Expectations is available as a free download from February Records (DOWNLOAD)
Call it Art by The Month of June has an atmospheric electronic sound utilizing synthesizers and a vocoder. Out of the three songs on the EP, the second (“Daffodil”) is my favorite by far — it’s in “Daffodil” that I really heard the comparisons that February Records makes between The Month of June and acts like Panda Bear Galaxie 500.
Call it Art is available as a free download from Feruary Records (DOWNLOAD)
February Records has a number of other releases available for free download, including a sampler of bands playing the Elm City Popfest and Home and Abroad vol. 2, a compilation of Connecticut, US, and international indie pop groups.