There was little chance that we’d forget the mellifluous tones of up and coming Folk artist Bluebyrd after hearing their debut album “Uneven Ground” in 2018 and their politically-cathartic single “Song for the Duped” in 2019.
With their first single to be released in 2020 “Not the Only Show in this Town” there’s plenty of serene resonance to soak up.
It may or not surprise you to learn that as a music journalist, I brush up against some caustically salty egos. Not the Only Show in this Time is a pedestal-removing chorally atmospheric reminder that self-projected superiority is more than a little ridiculous.
With the ethereal organ layers weaved into the Alt Folk Pop mix, there was a slight touch of Momus in the track. But ultimately, Bluebyrd’s sound is very much their own. And that’s just one of the reasons why the UK-based artist is incredibly easy to warm to.
You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out ‘Not The Only Show In This Town’ which is due for release on all platforms on February 14th. In the meantime, you can head on over to SoundCloud to check out their earlier releases.
Review by Amelia Vandergast
There was certainly no forgetting Folk artist Bluebyrd after the release of their debut album “Uneven Ground” which was released in 2018. The melodious charm which the soundscapes exuded offered an aural serenity not easily matched.
Their latest single “Song for the Duped” may not offer the same blissful tones, but it’s the dark, angsty protest song which everyone needs to hear right now. As we contend with gaslit Daily Mail readers frustration is an inevitability. Thankfully, Song for the Duped offers plenty of cathartic salvation and dares you to not resign to the apathy. Instead, the single compels you to carry the same smiting attitude as offered in this masterful Americana-inspired Dark Folk Track.
You can check out Song for the Duped for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
Review by Amelia Vandergast
Poignant music is normally born of turbulent times and it seems that more and more artists are using their creative platforms to make some vital messages heard rather than the subjects they may have explored in less worrying times. It also says something about the tipping point we are reaching that in the last few months this raft of discontented, worried, angry voices seems to be gathering momentum.
Uneven Ground is a hauntingly beautiful slice of modern acoustic folk, and in the way that folk music has always done raises issues, here regarding refugees, specifically those fleeing the Syrian crisis and of their struggle to find a new life. It also raises questions, maybe not directly, but points to the hypocrisy of their treatment at the hands of the same people and powers who have funded and indeed carried out the attacks which have displaced them.
Musically it is powerful for its starkness, a voice, a rhythmic guitar and some sullen sonic detail and you have everything you need to hammer the point home. All we need to do now is support them via songs such as this so that those voices get heard.