A horrible hack


Birds in the ground

Year Released: 2008
Format: LP
Label: Pillowscars
Reviewed by Kjetil Holstad on Jan 11, 2009
Let me get this out of the way at once. This is the solo project of Clay Parton who used to be in Mohinder, a band the average CZer should be way familiar with. However this does not even come close to sounding like Mohinder, but is it as good? Clay also plays in El Buzzards, which i did not like, and Duster, which i have not heard.

Had to google the name and apparently it stands for 'everything is all fucked up and what not', a rather odd choice of name as the music does not sound like one would think either. I was actually quite surprised on the sheer quality of this. It's 12 plesant indie / folk tunes with a strong lo-fi feel to it..which instantly put me in a good mood although the songs are quite down to earth. Perfect for late winter nights accompanied with a bottle of red wine. Recorded mostly on 4 tracks, it has this nostalgic feel cause the first 4 track recordings i did ended up with a lot of the same guitar sound, but where my recordings was pure shit, this is crafted well and even after dozens of spins i still hear new aspects and details that i previously missed.

Hard to compare this to others, mostly due to the fact that i haven't heard much like this. At times it reminds me of the New Year / Bedhead, but without the same glossy dullness to it. At other times it reminds me of some of the more low key Elliott Smith material.

Another quality sign is the fact that my daughter started dancing to this and we did listen to this at breakfast every morning for the next 2-3 weeks.

The cover art of this is stunning as well and makes this one of the best purchases i did in 2008. So to the question that started of this review and I'll answer it with a prediction: in ten years i will have listened to this way more then i have listened to Mohinder.
Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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