Saturday, June 09, 2007

Armchair Apocrypha
(Fat Possum)

The neo-folk movement charges forward relentlessly with this new effort from Andrew Bird. Along with Sufjan Stevens & Joanna Newsom, Bird has elevated folk music from an old school ghetto into the relevant cutting-edge arena of indie rock. Together with Stevens and Newsom, Bird is a new generation singer-songwriter utilizing orchestral conceits and emo punk dynamics to produce an enthralling hybrid that is at once lush and visceral. The sense of old world colliding with the new millennium is highly evident and is what impresses most about this fascinating album. Recommended.
Key tracks – Fiery Crash, Plasticities, Darkmatter, Simple X

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