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Face the Bird

by Pete Donnelly

"...a balanced mix of excellent musicianship and good songwriting...sonic diversity...melodic beauty." John Saeger, LongAfterDark.net
Genre: Rock: American Underground
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Face the Bird
3:18 album only
2. Always Something
3:53 $0.99
3. Delicate Elocution
3:56 $0.99
4. Got Caught Up
3:27 $0.99
5. A Thing or Two
3:43 $0.99
6. Going On This Way
2:58 $0.99
7. Hunger Like
3:58 $0.99
8. Toodle-Oo
2:38 $0.99
9. Hear It from Me First
3:03 $0.99
10. Low Flying Planes
3:00 $0.99
11. Something's in the Cupboard
1:43 $0.99
12. In the Familiar
2:26 $0.99
13. Yet to Be Made
3:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
   Pete Donnelly is a Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia based musician/songwriter. His latest record "Face the Bird" 2013, is a return to the exploratory side of "home" recording. The result is a wide ranging exposition of songs, unabashedly displaying some far reaching influences.
Densely hypnotic, Mod RnB, Swinging Pop; The music is moody with it's exuberance and desolation, childish romps and descriptive lyrics.
"Face the Bird" was recorded in an unused store front in Ocean City, NJ. Off season in Oct/2012. This city, a near desolate locale, offered the perfect place to retreat to and write/record. That was until Hurricane Sandy flooded the island and much of the North East. A harsh ending to a prolific month.
The record was finished in the home studio, as well a couple Philadelphia studios, including Waking Studio(owned by producer Bill Moriarty) where the single "Got Caught Up" was recorded. This song was written while out in California writing with friend Shelby Lynne. Her vocals are from that original writing/recording session.
The current band is Fred Berman(Amos Lee), James Balga(The Excerpts, Botswanas) - Drums, Tony Reyes(TLC, Cee-Lo Green)-Bass, PD-Guitar/Vocals. Going by the name The Wise Easy.
   Pete Donnelly, who was a member of the legendary band NRBQ, is also a founding member of The Figgs, which has a world-wide fan base, a hearty discography, and has toured and recorded several times with Graham Parker.
   As the ever active bass player and song writer in The Figgs, founded in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in 1987, Donnelly has spent the better part of the past 25 years touring with the band, as well as a number of other artists such as Soul Asylum, Mike Viola & The Candy Butchers and Tommy Stinson,
   Living in the Philadelphia area for the past decade, when not on the road, Pete Donnelly has been performing, engineering and/or producing for a variety of artists, including G. Love, Death Vessel, Carsie Blanton, John Legend, The Capitol Years and Amos Lee.
     Pete's Music is built upon sturdy pop melodies, and played with a genuine sense of care, Donnelly’s songs are testaments to his artistry.


"Musically, this is a sophisticated affair..." Mathew Berlyant, The Big Takeover

"...a balanced mix of excellent musicianship and good songwriting...sonic diversity...melodic beauty." John Saeger, LongAfterDark.net

"...a cool blend of Andrew Bird-like chamber folk and quirky subtle soul — plus riffing power pop." A.D. Amorosi, City Paper Phila PA

"There's almost a scratchy, frenetic energy and even a pained sound to Pete's vocals...that remind me of a mod Rod Stewart – a cooler, mod Rod Stewart – who's gone through a LOT." Carly Marcoux, phillygirlabouttown



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