After three studio albums on Blue Note Records, The Bird and the Bee returns with Recreational Love, the duo’s first album of original material since 2009’s critically-acclaimed Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future. “We didn’t mean to take so long but life ended up getting in the way, in a great way,” says vocalist Inara George, who formed the LA-based duo with multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin in 2005. Indeed, they’ve both been busy; George, as a member of indie-folk supergroup Living Sisters, and Kurstin, whose production for myriad alternative and pop acts led to 2014 Grammy nominations in the Best Record and Best Producer categories.
Shimmering lead single “Will You Dance?” mines influences as eclectic as Stevie Wonder and Talking Heads in creating intricately-crafted rhythms that are articulated with bouncy synth lines and bass-heavy beats. Equal parts disco confection and empowerment anthem for introverts, the harmony-laced track was conceived, according to singer Inara George, to inspire dancing by encouraging people to not “worry about what people think, just do whatever feels good.”
“Will You Dance?”, which just came out today, was also featured today by KCRW who chose the track for their feature Today’s Top Tune. Download and add the song to your playlist to be one of the first stations to spin it.
“Bubbly, tropicalia-laced pop… Carefree, happy-making music.”
“Building crisp pop imbibements that can stand up to several listens is no easy task, but the Bird and the Bee has found the trick: Complex melodies constructed of several simple, shiny parts, all revolving around George’s breathy voice.”
RIYL: She & Him, Jenny Lewis, Au Revoir Simone, Feist, Sia, Belle & Sebastian, Pomplamoose
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Label: Rostrum Records
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