Chris Robley – There’s a Bird
Genre: Singer Songwriter, Indie Folk, Folk
Very little can be enough and there’s never too much when it comes to rock n’ roll. Had Freddie tried his Bohemian Rhapsody harmonies while producing a pop artist, he’d be out of a job. Yet exercises in excess, as those in minimalism, are always welcome in this versatile and elastic form of pop art.
Genuine weirdness can take rock’s bravest souls very far indeed. However, at the end of the day, what the vast majority of a musician’s would-be public really desires is songs about them and their struggles. And, if the writing, can’t quite accommodate that, it better gives the impression that it does.
Chris Robley’s There’s a Bird finds a really nice balance between excessive quirkiness and Springsteen workingman’s poetry. Pay special attention to Robley’s use of melodies and the beautiful words scattered across the song. The music video also shows a man unafraid to draw a bit of attention to himself. In a world of many people politely demanding some screen time for themselves, this may not be such a bad thing.
The Rabbitts – Rainbow
Genre: Psychedelic / Freak Folk, Indie Folk
Music production techniques have evolved to an incredible extent. In the hands of a crafty, experienced sound engineer, bands and artists are able to produce the most gentle, or the harshest of recordings. No sounds are restricted either, with one being able to summon a 40-piece orchestra, virtually, at the click of a mouse.
It is interesting to note then that the many of most poignant songs continue to be produced by recording the human voice singing over an acoustic guitar. This has a lot to do with the inherent qualities of this combination, but also with the fact that modern pop music has been simplified to such an extent that taking a natural approach to songwriting feels almost revolutionary.
The Rabbitts’ Rainbow features a rather austere orchestration. This works in the song’s favour as the marvellous vocals shared between the group’s two singers, and the classy, evocative acoustic guitar melodies are given room to shine through. It’s a formidable formula. With Rainbow, The Rabbitts manage to do something special. They are able to capture a significant personal moment and bottle it up as a song.