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Birddog's third full-length release includes ten new songs and three bonus tracks at the end of the disc. Bill Santen continues to lead this hauntingly beautiful outfit. The opener, "Singapore Creek Seduction," a melancholy acoustic number, settles the listener in for a chaotic ride. "Third and South" includes guest performances by Elliott Smith and Jilian Wieseneck. The song ends with the haunting line, "lightning danced across the sky." The fourth track, "Rattlesnakes," includes guest vocals by Edith Frost. On "Baseball," Santen rigidly recites lyrics to whoever is listening with a desperate craving to be heard. On "Summer Again," Santen serves up a Modest Mouse-like sing/talk melody over a crashing symphony of rhythm. Minimalistic instrumentation and heartachingly soothing lyrics combine to create an eerie musical atmosphere on Birddog's Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records debut. Santen is somehow able to succeed as both a singer of soft, acoustic, folk-like symphonies and the almost-rapper of chaotic Southern hymns. In the American indie scene, he serves as a bluesy and honest champion of modest songs, covering simple themes. The ragged American flag on the CD cover serves as a symbol of holding one's self together while falling apart at the seams.


Gegründet: Portland, OR

Genre: Alternative

Jahre aktiv: '90s, '00s

Birddog was the alias of Americana singer/songwriter Bill Santen, a Lexington, KY native who spent several years drifting up and down the west coast before finally settling in Portland, OR. There he was befriended by local hero Elliott Smith, who agreed to produce the debut Birddog single "Killer" for the tiny Undercover label. Santen then signed to Chicago indie Sugar Free to release 1997's seven-song...
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