Andrew Kenny of Wooden Birds, by Adrian Bischoff
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)
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.
Update: The vinyl (+mp3 download code) is available now.