Birdwords is the solo project from Marc Burgess who has been releasing a lot of music lately. One of his releases Bones is a nine-song album that I hesitate to even call an album rather then a collection of songs. The songs as well the production is inconsistent and felt like a collection of loose ideas.
The album opens with “Faces Embedded in Synapses,” which feels like a prog rock jam session. I wasn’t feeling any emotion from the song in any direction. It felt neutral. The bass and drums are loud compared to everything else.
The next song “Kafka's Flute” is about 4 dbs louder and sounds absolutely nothing like the first song. Burgess programs electronic elements such as arpeggiated synths while a synth flute sputters around the mix. It’s one of the highlights on the album.
Up next is another complete deviation entitled “Crazy Ball” and it is about 5dbs softer than “Kafka's Flute.” Burgess sings on this song unfortunately the recording quality isn’t doing him any favors.
“Swag Bag in Extremis” has a bit in common with “Kafka's Flute” in some ways and was another highlight amongst the batch and features decent guitar parts. That being said the guitar was too loud in the mix. The next track “Spinoza” is unlike anything that came before. It’s over seven-minutes long and revolves around reverent sounding piano and manipulated orchestral synths. There’s a new age vibe on this track.
Then you have “Palm Stone” which is a dance song to some extent. It’s plays at a fast BPM and has a plastic feel to it in a lot of ways.
I left Bones not knowing what to think. After some time I still don’t what to think. Everything on this album seems so random. Take a listen for yourself and if you can classify his sound into a genre then it’s one I haven't heard before.
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