New Artist of the Day: Blackbird and the Storm
Warm Americana with inventive twists buried amongst nature-based found-sounds...
SUBBA-CULTCHA.COM SAYS: “The driving acoustic riff rises above the soundscapes rummaging around the sample used, a beat pierces its way through before a crystal-clear voice ushers itself in. Blackbird and the Storm is a female singer/musician/conceptual artist based between Colorado and London. Taking nature-based found-sounds and then formulating them into soundscapes to underpin those Americana-influenced melodies catches our attention immediately (and is one hell of a hook in the world of endless Press Releases full of words but saying little). The song takes some wonderfully unpredictable twists and turns, but the warmth of the music and those delicious harmonies swelling and circling round the inventive changes keep you attentive and involved throughout. The snippets of quotes from news reports feels like a bit of an 80’s invention (and always makes me think of ELO’s ‘Calling America,’ but don’t let anyone know I’m referencing ELO, need my cool points left intact please!) By the way, kudos for including a Speak ‘n Spell sample in there! Well worthy of your time!!! Sample the track for yourself below”
BLACKBIRD AND THE STORM is the vision and work of Marie-Juliette Bird, an artist based in London and the American West. The project was spurred by a desire to create original music, seeking inspiration from the source of melody: birdsong. The project seeks to present a vision wherein human beings and the natural world are inextricably linked; lyrics expressing an apocalyptic overview are colored by the audio witnessing of extreme climate change. Throughout the album, binaural samples of crickets, toads, wind, rain, thunder, lightning, hummingbirds, songbirds and wings-in-flight are mixed alongside musical instruments, audio samples and Marie-Juliette’s intoxicating voice. https://soundcloud.com/black-crow-single/master-black-crow