The charming LA-based duo, The Bird and the Bee, have released their second full-length album, “Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future.” The initially little known band, consisting of Greg Kurstin and Inara George, started breaking ground when their debut album featured the entrancing single “Again and Again.” The single was featured on “Grey’s Anatomy.” (Which has yet to fail in featuring exceptional songs and artists on their show. “Grey’s” is where I tend to find a lot of my new music obsessions.)
Shortly after their debut album was released, I saw them open for Rilo Kiley in LA. I tend to not pay much attention to opening acts, but with their stage presence and light-hearted songs, they effortlessly held my attention and piqued my curiosity. Since then, they’ve slowly been gaining momentum.
Their impetus continues as they will perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on February 3 and just recently appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” performing their tune “My Love,” a song that explores the giddiness and elementary side of love. The album on a whole is ethereal and fluid, featuring multiple instrumentations reminiscent of Canadian supergroup Broken Social Scene.
“Ray Gun” is an appealing anthem with a slow and steady beat, where the vocalist mellifluously asks, “Will someone come and save my life?” The refreshing, energy-filled “Love Letter To Japan” is probably the most pop-sounding song on the album, with a strong beat and a myriad of instruments and sounds. “Polite Dance Song” is a bit more on the risqué side with sexual implications and an undertone leading the listener to believe it’s all about a stripper. It’s an explicit story told in a brilliantly implicit way.
Perhaps the most random song on the album is “Diamond Dave,” an arbitrary, yet fun and catchy homage to the legendary David Lee Roth. What album would be complete without a tribute to an 80’s rock icon?
While, it’s not exactly an album you would want to work out to, there’s something to be said about its calm, harmonious nature. Even the more upbeat songs are soothing. Inara George’s voice blends perfectly with the sounds of Greg Kurstin: enchanting and airy and quite simply addictive.
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