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Editors’ Notes

Fans of My Morning Jacket and Drive By Truckers should find the Athens, Ga.–based Futurebirds a worthy iPod-mate. Hampton's Lullaby is a terrific collection from the swinging ease of "Johnny Utah" to the slow, drunken waltz of the closing title track. In between, "Yur Not Dead" is a glowing, glorious ruckus of slow-building guitars, church glass–colored vocals, and bright tambourines. (Futurebirds are a guitar lover's delight, with four or five electric and acoustic guitars played at once.) "Happy Animals" is a dusty, thrilling ride alongside galloping tom drums and distorted guitars that howl like desert wolves between mountains of rich, gorgeous harmonies. The power of Futurebirds' music sneaks up on listeners, evoking artists like Neil Young and Fleet Foxes with rustic, simmering beauty imparted by somber piano and weeping pedal steel. At times (as on the banjo-flecked "APO" and "Battle for Rome"), the music takes on a celebratory quality; getting swept up in this particular brand of dust-covered, beer-infused country-rock is simply heavenly.

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Neil Young’s yin and yang

Covered in kudzu and swathed in a blanket of humidity, spanish moss, feedback and reverb exists Futurebirds. Here, at this intersection, we find a synthesis of the two extremes of Neil Young’s yin and yang. It’s at this crossroads, on this plane that Futurebirds meld the sweet, lilting, pedal steel and harmonies of the Stray Gators with the raucous, buzzing, distortion of Crazyhorse.

Futurebirds debut, Hampton’s Lullaby, is forged from a South that has as much to do with the worldview of Silver Jews’ David Berman as the inhabitants of William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County. Building on the bones of their self-titled 2009 EP, Hampton’s Lullaby invokes an absurdist, cornbread-fed, psychedelic dream state rooted to reality in colloquial storytelling. If you buy into the belief that we are all the summation of our shared influences then it’s no surprise that this band, hailing from Athens, GA, equally incorporates both the psych-tinged sounds of the Elephant 6 collective and the southern gothic, Fables of The Reconstruction era, R.E.M. into their sonic palette. It’s this exact tightrope, this subtle dance, that informs their work and that drives their aesthetic—be it on wax or in a live context.

Oh yeah!

Incredible group of songwriters and musicians, "Hampton's Lullaby" is a great debut album....every song has its own personality and flavor that are all instantly memorable. "Aquarium Floor", "Yur Not Ded", "Sam Jones", and "Battle For Rome" are my favorites today but that could change tomorrow. This is a band thats hear to stay boys and girls. The pedal steel player is kind of a canoe but he still plays the hell out of that thing.

awesome

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Biography

Formed: 2008 in Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from the bohemian college town of Athens, Georgia, Futurebirds play laid-back country-rock with an atmospheric, psychedelic twist. The group began turning heads with the release of a self-titled EP, whose backwoods harmonies and pedal steel riffs helped earn a contract with Autumn Tone Records. With the label’s help, Futurebirds booked time at Chase Park Transduction — one of Athens’ most renowned studios, with a client list that includes R.E.M., Drive-By Truckers, and Jason Isbell...
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