Josh Birdsong is an independent singer/songwriter currently based in Nashville, TN, who just released his debut Simple Geometry. It’s a polished debut in terms of production. The songwriting is simple, safe and feels fairly influenced.
At this point Birdsong doesn't carve much of a distinct sound for himself but there is some potential here. From looking at his photos on his website he must be about college age or younger. I think with some refinement and tweaking he could grow into his own. There are some inspired moments on the EP. That being said I wanted a little more edge to his songs. Something between his voice and the super clean elements made me want some grit and dirt that never came.
He opens with “Unspeakable” which takes away a while to get going. At its core behind the heavily reverb-ed guitars is a pop song. The best moments of the song are when a groove is carved out. There is almost a Phoenix-esque vibe at times.
Up next is “Radio Waves” which utilizes a similar aesthetic in regards to the guitar. Also like the first song it takes a while to get going and find the groove. The song eventually picks up and luckily never goes overboard into grandiose territory. “Drive” is the highlight on the EP. The song get rights into. During the verse his vocals have the smooth, sensitive singer/songwriter flavor. It sounded decent but the chorus is really the money where the songs display more oomph. Slick and dance worthy.
“Why?” starts off like the first two songs with even more reverb. The closer “You and I” is predictably singer/songwriter and feels like an aesthetic deviation of what came before.
Simple Geometry is a scattered EP with some noteworthy moments. Something about the music from the singing to the production is glossy. I wouldn’t mind hearing something a little more raw and even aggressive in the future. Maybe that will come with age.
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