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Album Review

Biirdie are a group that proudly calls Los Angeles home and drop many local references in their lyrics, even if the bandmembers are all from elsewhere and their sense of the city remains that of immigrants. "LA Is Mars" is the title of one song, and singer Jared Flamm (usually accompanied by harmony vocalist Kala Savage) seems to mean that, if in a nice way. Although the music has obvious antecedents in the Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Biirdie also bring in other influences, notably a taste of Grateful Dead-like psychedelia (listen to the start of the six-minute "I'm Gonna Tell You Something") and, largely due to the timbre of Flamm's voice, the Kinks. It is inescapable that Flamm sounds like a Ray Davies who hasn't slept in a couple of nights, and when the band introduces a country-rock feel on "Estelle," for example, it comes off like something from Muswell Hillbillies. But despite the influences, Biirdie have a whimsical appeal all their own. It sounds like they would benefit from better production, which would help them to realize the sophisticated pop/rock to which they aspire, but even in their indie manifestation they realize many of their ambitions.

Customer Reviews

Fascinating retro-pop

You gotta like indie music with a heart. In the very first song, 'Catherine Avenue,' the British retro theme is strong, and when Kala Savage starts talkin' her lines, you know this is different. This kids are from California? Really? It is very appealing music. You cannot peg it into any sort of genre. It is late-60s, low-key, slow, thoughtful and then building to beautiful. It sometimes sounds simple, but then you realize there is amazing compexity in the melodic guitars and gentle voices.

2 songs for only 9 cents more?

I'm sold on this band. They offer something completely different to the DTR family, and they are good. Not to mention this version of the album is apparently the one to buy - for 9 cents more I get a couple extra songs, even though they're both less than one minute long - who cares!! Music is something this band appreciates, and I want to hear every second of what they have to say/play.

Sounds like Southern California to me

What is it about some music that it just sounds like somewhere? A record I keep coming back to, one of those that hooks into your consciousness somehow. An entertaining show too...


Formed: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Biirdie are the trio of Jared Flamm, Kala Savage, and Richard Gowen. Flamm is the principal songwriter (though he sometimes collaborates with Savage) on their debut album, Morning Kills the Dark, which combines whimsy and bittersweet subdued dejection that echoes the work...
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