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8 MP3 Songs in this album (19:57) !
Related styles: Pop: Psychedelic Pop, Folk: Psych-folk, Mood: Dreamy
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recorded in Sandpiper Cove, Destin, Florida
released 01 January 2011
all songs written and recorded by Birdlips (Lindsay and Cliff)
Lindsay Pitts - vocals, ukulele, keyboards, sampler, tambourine, percussion
Cliff Usher - vocals, electric bass guitar, electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, clarinet, percussion
Thanks to Maureen J and Joan W, Lisa B, Sara D, Erik N, friends and family
âBirdlips may be the best band you aren't listening to.â - District of Sound
âYou, like I, perhaps had never heard of them, but now that you have, you fucking love them. Basically they're a really tall gaunt older fellow and a tiny young woman who looks about 17 making blissful garage-pop-country with jangles and keyboards and a wall of reverberating harmonies. Think Rilo Kiley meets Black Lips. Think the Duchess and the Duke meets Mickey & Sylvia. Think about Sonny and Cher for once. They had a bunch of fans, who stood up front and yelled encouraging things at them...â - Brightest Young Things
âBirdlips is an enigmatic duo from Virginia - though they call the road their home these days - who sound like a lot more than just two people on their three slim EPs. The most recent, Emanations, released in July, was recorded in an apartment in Los Angeles and has a definite L.A. vibe. It channels the churning-organ menace of the Doors, the celestial country harmonies of the Byrds, and the psych-pop leanings of the Strawberry Alarm Clock. It's a beautiful, haunting sound, familiar yet alien, charming but forbidding, and just the thing to warm up a cold December weekend.â - METRO PULSE (Knoxville, TN)
âThe D.C. duo Birdlips creates a sunset-and-smog glow in its pretty, restrained acoustic tunes... There's a hint of spooky blues and a strong sense of melody in their take on folk, and it doesn't hurt that they emphasize rhythm as much as they do atmosphereâ - The Onion
âWhen they got on stage, they took me to a different time and place. A mod party on a beach with bonfires, flying into a sunset, taking a nap on a thunderhead, then smoking a bowl in a hot tub in a snow storm . . . I've never heard any music like it. I hate to admit it, but it is probably a good thing they are moving to California. Their sound belongs on the West Coast. I don't think Virginia can really dig it properly. I only wish I could have found out about them earlier.â - Adam Price, Magazine33
âIt was clear that this was the show many had come to see... quarters were close and the fans were as near to the musicians as possible. It was during this time that the show was most captivating. Surrounded by other audience members and pushed close to the stage, the vocals seemed to come deep from the peripherals. The consistent, beating rhythm and their lofty but catchy melodies had an almost mesmerizing effect. I lost track of time until they brought me back to earth and ended their set with newest, most grounded track, Comeback Kid.â - The Declaration
âTheir musical mix shouldn't work: 12-string acoustic guitar, a moog-sounding synthesizer, a tambourine and male-female harmonies beneath a ton of reverb. But they knocked me off my feet. The duo is Cliff Usher on guitar/vocals and Lindsay Pitts on keyboards/vocals. Their sound is a little spooky and withdrawn, a little psychedelic and a little folksy. Their set left me wanting more of their unique sound and I really wished that the Merge Records folks would have been in the crowd to sign them on the spot. I was more than happy that I shelled out a meager $10 for their lovely debut, Cardboard Wings. I can't shout it loudly enough: These two are the real deal.â - Michael Abernathy, The Homegrown Snob (North Carolina)
âBirdlips still strikes me as an anomaly - dropped in our midst by Mazzy Star or Alex Chilton or the Velvet Underground, likely to take off again at any moment. Part of it is the plumage: Guitarist Cliff Usher is a red-headed George Harrison in corduroy and paisley; keyboardist Lindsay Pitts is nature's update of the Twiggy or Zooey Deschanel model, with a taste for mod fashions and boots. But the two sing a song sweeter than any 'keet. They perch on the dark side of the delicate - that Alice in Chains unplugged album, modern psychedelia like Beach House and High Places (bands they turned me on to) - ruffle my feathers, then ascend.â - Best of C-VILLE 2009
Praise for Cardboard Wings
âour favorite local record of the yearâ - C-VILLE News & Arts Weekly
â...like a perfect black-and-white film where nothing is out of place.â - NPR
â...a sweet, ruffled collection of ambient rock maps. The multi-instrumental wanderlust of the album only adds to the poetic whirl of songs like 'When the Last Light Goes Out.â - The Austin Chronicle
âBirdlips mix organic instruments with looped percussion, creating a folk-tinged sound that is simultaneously intimate and expansive... Cardboard Wings, is an earthy and atmospheric album, not unlike Emmylou Harris' acclaimed 'Wrecking Ball.'...[it] swoons with vocal harmonies and melodic turns that belie the musicians' youth. â - Andrew Leahey, The Washington Times
âCardboard Wings reminds me in one moment of the music played in the back of a gyspy's caravan and in the next it seems to slide out from an open window overlooking the busy intersection of the world. The occasional plucking of a banjo gives these songs a rustic feel, but then there's a haunted modern flavor in the mix that is equal parts Nick Drake and Mazzy Star... There is some strange magic in this music and Birdlips now has me under its spell.â - Shaun Harvey, cvilleMUSE
âCardboard Wings sounds like the product of a precocious young man that trusted the tidal pull of his gut, severing instruments from their past histories to patch together a motley orchestra that resonates with him... And the landscape is all liminal - close to sleep or waking, dawn or dusk, crossing borders and bodies, the type of grand events that make countless writers feel small in scale but enormous in perspective... Cardboard Wings is a remarkable first record.â - Brendan Fitzgerald, C-VILLE News and Arts Weekly
â...the updated, sophisticated and polished version of everyone's favorite lo-fi folk artists of the 60's and 70's. Were Nick Drake playing music today, he'd be touring with Birdlips. Usher's voice is something like Jeff Buckley meets Andrew Bird â commanding and a little rough around the edges, with a strength and maturity that belies his 20-something years. Pitts' creative work on the keys (and her too-rare singing) is the perfect complement; it is a soft fleecy layer that assures the overall warmth of the music.â - the Connection Newspapers
Forty-five songs that every Charlottesville music fan should know:
#4 Birdlips âSome Kind of Death,â from Cardboard Wings (2008)
âSometimes a local album skips years of Charlottesville musical evolution and soars in with a sound from another world entirely. Cardboard Wings is that album, and this song is the best example. Sounds even better in a live performance, with Cliff Usher's echoing guitar break and keyboardist Lindsay Pitts showing a bit of leg.â - C-VILLE News and Arts Weekly
âBirdlips Cardboard Wings transports you to a different time, bringing up images of the perfect autumn day filled with lush reds and oranges, walking down a dirt road paved only by the footsteps of strangers... I suppose in this instance Nick Drake and Jack Kerouac would have helped pave the path for Cardboard Wings. Whether the album was meant to be a story or it just fell into place, I recommend your first couple listens to be a straight through kind of deal, or else you'll lose the tale it longs to tell you... And here's what I love best about the album... they step outside of the boundaries of any genre you'd love to stick them with.â - One Kind Radio (Chicago)
Xtine's Top 10+ of 2008 - One Kind Radio (Chicago)
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