A duo that has been making waves for the past few years as well as writing awesome songs, Brown Bird featuring MorganEve Swain and David Lamb are one of the many bands that make the Providence music scene a treasure to behold. Combining rustic folk and Eastern European gypsy influences with David's bluesy voice make Brown Bird such an innovative act that will put your ears in a state of euphoria right when you hear them perform. Speaking of euphoria, Brown Bird has their third album Fits Of Reason out this week and it's one of the best local albums of 2013.
Brown Bird's new album definitely has more of a classical, orchestral feel to it with MorganEve's violin having more of a presence on certain songs. Everything on Fits Of Reason also has that no bones about it, what you hear is what you get quality that keeps it honest while at the same time you can tell that when MorganEve and David wrote these songs together they focused on adding every dimension that was possible. It shows a great progression in the duo's sound and it also shows that Brown Bird isn't afraid of trying new techniques, a tribute to the sheer brilliance this duo possesses.
Welcome to the portion of the blog that is the ultimate trial. Songs will be mentioned while the rest are discarded, but which are the ones that get the high praise? It's that time again where I tell you oh faithful and loyal reader what my favorite tracks off of Brown Bird's Fits Of Reason. Yea, I know by now you've grown tired of my witty introductions but here goes something:
"Hitchens" has that driving guitar sound to go along with the groovy bass that makes for a song that you can shuffle your feet to. "Seven Hells" starts off kind of slow and then it immediately picks up with David's roaring guitar coming out to the forefront. "Nine Eyes" brings the kick drum into focus, providing the backbone for a track that has tinges of latin influence. "Bow For Blade" is another dancing number showing off MorganEve's impeccable skills on violin that provides massive beauty. Regardless of the fact that I only named a select few, you should check out Brown Bird's Fits Of Reason because every track is unreal.
Tomorrow night Brown Bird will be kicking off their tour in support of Fits Of Reason at Billy's Tavern in Thomaston, Maine and a few days later they'll be having their homecoming show at The Met in Pawtucket on April 5th. Until Brown Bird comes to your neck of the woods, pick up a copy of Fits Of Reason. It's simply exquisite in every way.
- Rob Duguay