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Brown Bird—a Rhode Island duo whose debut, Salt for Salt, was named one of NPR's best folk albums of 2011—returns with the equally worthy Fits of Reason. With a cabaret slant brought to stringed instrumentation and percussive blocks of wood, the multi-instrumentalists David Lamb and Morgan Eve Swain make a grander sound than any two people should be capable. Acoustic guitars, banjos, violins, and cellos sail through the air, often with intent to harm. The instrumental "Iblis" is a scorcher that defines all that's great here. Violins and acoustic guitar follow one another through a Byzantine maze of notes that leaves listeners exhausted and exalted. The rustic country harmonies of "Wayward Daughter" turn Americana on its ear with an Eastern European gypsy sense that tilts the results toward acts like Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Gogol Bordello, with whom they're likely to share a similar and receptive audience. 

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Hugest Brown Bird Fan In RI

This album is most certainly different, but that is why Brown Bird is one of my favorite bands. I love that with each album they try different things and Fits of Reason is no exception. The different styles they blend together works extremely well and really helps to define them. There really is no other bands out their with this kind of unique sound. The new album is awesome from what I've heard and I can't wait to go to the CD release party in April!!


They just keep getting better. Salt for Salt was great but Fits of Reason blows it away. See them live!

So good!

Do yourself a favor and just buy it! Fantastic album, start to finish. And if you get the chance to see Brown Bird live, DON'T MISS THEM!


Formed: 2002 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The indie folk ensemble Brown Bird initially formed as a vehicle for lead vocalist and songwriter David Lamb. In 2003, having lived briefly in Seattle, Lamb moved east to Portland, Maine, where he started working on a handful of folk tunes that compared favorably to the spare, rough-hewn work of artists like Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Iron & Wine. Lamb's friends, Jerusha and Jeremy Robinson, were soon brought on board to round out Brown Bird's sound, and the trio self-released their debut full-length,...
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