New Moods by Bobby Birdman on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Bobby Birdman’s foray into lo-fi electronica yields some exotic and tasty fruits. Over the years, this quirky artist has shifted away from conventional singer/songwriter expressions towards the sort of synth-pop zaniness pioneered by Devo and Jona Lewie in the ‘70s. This time, he keeps his blithely crooning vocals front and center while surrounding himself with tinny (but effective) beat-box rhythms and robotic gurgles. Birdman is a romantic, although his valentines are a bit warped — tunes like “Dust Design,” “Truth Be Told” and Victory At Sea” betray a playful sort of tenderness. More often than not, he celebrates his own fleeting moods of confusion and happiness, as in “Only For A While” and “Well Sprung.” While Birdman’s lyrics are smartly polished, it’s the music that truly matters here — in fact, the a cappella tune “Silent But Violent” is a song about sound itself. Jaunty marches (“You’d Be Surprised”), woozy ballads (“Weighty Wait”) and ‘40s-esque Latin tunes (“What You Say”) keep the listener off-guard and a little giddy. A sweetly eccentric treat for those unafraid of a little silliness.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bobby Birdman’s foray into lo-fi electronica yields some exotic and tasty fruits. Over the years, this quirky artist has shifted away from conventional singer/songwriter expressions towards the sort of synth-pop zaniness pioneered by Devo and Jona Lewie in the ‘70s. This time, he keeps his blithely crooning vocals front and center while surrounding himself with tinny (but effective) beat-box rhythms and robotic gurgles. Birdman is a romantic, although his valentines are a bit warped — tunes like “Dust Design,” “Truth Be Told” and Victory At Sea” betray a playful sort of tenderness. More often than not, he celebrates his own fleeting moods of confusion and happiness, as in “Only For A While” and “Well Sprung.” While Birdman’s lyrics are smartly polished, it’s the music that truly matters here — in fact, the a cappella tune “Silent But Violent” is a song about sound itself. Jaunty marches (“You’d Be Surprised”), woozy ballads (“Weighty Wait”) and ‘40s-esque Latin tunes (“What You Say”) keep the listener off-guard and a little giddy. A sweetly eccentric treat for those unafraid of a little silliness.

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About Bobby Birdman

An experimental indie folkie who later added electronic pop to his repertoire, Bobby Birdman is the alter ego of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Rob Kieswetter. Originally from the Portland, OR area, Kieswetter began playing in the late ’90s with his first band Badical Turbo Radness, who released their first and only album To the Rescue in 1997. By the following year, the group had broken up and Kieswetter adopted the Bobby Birdman moniker, which was given to him by Little Wings' Kyle Field. Kieswetter’s early Bobby Birdman work was intimate and largely acoustic, as on his 2001 Hush Records debut, Let Me In; in 2002, Exhausted (The Cost Of), a collection of a cappella songs that he recorded while riding his bicycle through Portland, pared his music down even further. However, his second proper album, 2003’s Born Free Forever. had a much more lavish sound, incorporating electronic touches and choral passages along with more expected indie rock sounds. That year, Birdman moved to Los Angeles and took his music in an even more electronic direction on the States Rights-released synth pop homage Heart Caves EP, and 2005’s limited-edition Giraffes & Jackals EP, which also featured YACHT’s Jonah Bechtolt. He became involved in L.A.’s art, music and fashion scenes, appearing on YACHT’s I Believe In You, Your Magic Is Real and modeling for Band of Outsiders' 2008 fall fashion line. During that time, he remixed Young MC’s “Fastest Rhyme” for a collection celebrating Delicious Vinyl's 20th anniversary and worked on his third album, New Moods, which arrived in fall 2009. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Portland, OR

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