american analog set reborn: wooden birds’ magnolia

andrew kenny of the wooden birds
Andrew Kenny of Wooden Birds, by Adrian Bischoff

Since I saw the Wooden Birds (myspace) (twice) at SxSW I’ve been trying not to listen to their forthcoming debut album, Magnolia.

The Wooden Birds are the new band fronted by Andrew Kenny, of American Analog Set along with members of other ipickmynose favs, Lymbyc Systym and Ola Podrida. And I’ve been trying not to listen to Magnolia, out May 12, because I know it’s the sort of album I could just put on repeat for a few weeks at a time. It’s just that good an album.

The band treads on similar intricately orchestrated and layered, rhythmic, drone-folk-pop ground to AmAnSet, with perhaps more percussion in the approach. The record doesn’t hit a sour note throughout, from mid-tempo opener “False Alarm” to the melancholy and brilliant closer “Bad”. One familiar tune, “Hometown Fantasy”, originally released as an Andrew Kenny solo number (on the Home split EP with Ben Gibbard), holds down the middle.

the Wooden Birds – Sugar (mp3)

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the Wooden Birds – Anna Paula (Live on Woxy) (listen to the whole Woxy session)

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Bonus mp3:
Andrew Kenny – Hometown Fantasy (mp3) (buy)

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You can pre-order the album from insound. The band has tour dates on the East Coast right now and then in Europe soon. In Austin, Kenny said the band was planning to tour the album in June and would hit the West Coast.

In related news Slowcoustic points out that American Analog Set has a rarities comp called Hard to Find: Singles and Unreleased 2000-2005 coming out next Tuesday.


Wooden Birds at SxSW

Update: The vinyl (+mp3 download code) is available now.



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  1. […] marks the release of Magnolia by the Wooden Birds (myspace). As you may have learned from my post about the band, they’re the new band of Andrew Kenny of American Analog Set. It also has member of Ola […]

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