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A Slight Departure

by Birdsong At Morning

Bristling with pop energy, and boasting a rainbow of sonic colors and textures, A Slight Departure extends the intelligent, heartfelt songwriting and vocals of leader Alan Williams already acclaimed on the band's previous release, Annals of My Glasshouse
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Great Escape
4:37 $0.99
2. Never to Part
3:57 $0.99
3. Murderous Friend
4:51 $0.99
4. Devil's Stomping Ground
6:08 $0.99
5. Midnight Vespers
5:05 $0.99
6. Dimestore Dreamers
2:29 $0.99
7. Mountainside
4:37 $0.99
8. Pages
5:15 $0.99
9. Not for Sale
3:38 $0.99
10. Kipahulu Sunrise
2:43 $0.99
11. Down in the Hole
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12. Lead Me On
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Album Notes
In 2009, Birdsong At Morning released their debut album, a 4-CD boxed set entitled Annals of My Glasshouse. Praised in the Boston Herald as, “art music both unpretentious and ravishing,” the album features the songwriting voice of college professor and ethnomusicologist Alan Williams, whose work was described in BMI MusicWorld as “simple and direct, carrying with it the breadth and depth of the kind of observation only an acute student of the world around him can deliver."

Now, after an extended period of quiet development, Birdsong At Morning is back with their new release, A Slight Departure. Venturing beyond the intimate, quietly contemplative nature of their debut, the band has crafted an album that finds the group flexing its musical muscle, with a broader sonic palette and a notable increase in energy, all the while maintaining the intelligent, thoughtful songwriting and arranging established in their previous release. Based in Lowell, Massachusetts – birthplace of the American industrial revolution and beat poet Jack Kerouac – Birdsong At Morning creates music that feels instantly familiar yet is uniquely its own.

Like the Decemberists, Birdsong At Morning’s A Slight Departure stakes a claim at the crossroads of Americana and early 70s progressive rock. Still featuring acoustic guitar and evermore expansive and exciting orchestral string arrangements, the new album consolidates and condenses its sound, with pop song structures and sing-along choruses making the deeply musical compositions instantly accessible and compelling.

Contemporary, yet classic; ambitious, yet assured. From the breathless breakaway of the opening track, “The Great Escape,” and the quirky pop anthem “Never To Part,” to fascinating points beyond – the mesmerizing string arrangement on “Devil’s Stomping Ground,” the delicate warmth of “Pages,” the gorgeous choral hymn at the heart of “Midnight Vespers,” the dynamic contrasts of “Down In The Hole,” and the shimmering beauty of the concluding cover of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Lead Me On” – A Slight Departure rewards close readings and repeated listenings.

Songs of longing and leaving, enveloped in a sound of expansive musicality – Birdsong At Morning’s A Slight Departure fully lives up to its title.



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