Strangebyrds ‘Migration’

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:: Skylight Station Gallery  :: May 4 ::
:: Twisted Pine :: May 11 ::
:: Laughing Goat :: May 12 :: (Cari solo as part of Women In Song)
:: Bootstrap Brewing :: May 18 ::
:: Gold Hill Inn :: May 27 ::

Strangebyrds

Migration

Independent

4 out of 5 stars

 

They refer to their style as “blue collar folk” and it’s a fitting description for the Strangebyrds and their latest release Migration.

The group, comprised of Ray Smith and Cari Minor, recorded their latest album this February and unlike their 2011 self-titled release they kept the arrangements live and, for the most part, unaccompanied.

That DIY attitude, though, is only part of why their description as blue collar works so well. The sound is a bit harder than much of the indie folk that is pouring out of Denver these days. You can sing along with these songs and a bottle of Bud, and not even have to worry whether or not Bud is an ironic beverage choice. Tracks like “Blood on the Moon” and “Smile Before the Lie” are quick tempo harder-strumming numbers, while the instrumental “Drama Kind” and the light sing-songy “Raven” show softer but still strong sides. It’s kind of like the denim and the flannel of blue collar life. One is hard, one is soft, but both are comfortable to wrap yourself in.

 

:: Skylight Station Gallery  :: May 4 ::

:: Twisted Pine :: May 11 ::

:: Laughing Goat :: May 12 :: (Cari solo as part of Women In Song)

:: Bootstrap Brewing :: May 18 ::

:: Gold Hill Inn :: May 27 ::

 

 

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