The Bewitched Hands “Birds & Drums”

Some synths and lush harmonies make this a standard indie rock record. “Happy With You” is as good an example as any on here. It sounds as if one of the backing vocalists is female, so you get all of that going on, as well. Although not empty, it’s not the most fulfilling either. It feels like one of those fiber bars with fibber in it instead.
“Hard to Cry” is fun stuff. It has to sound even greater live. There’s just no reason for it not to. Nothing but pure chicory root extract here. This is going to be one of my favorite songs of the year.
Female vocals take the lead in “Staying Around,” and you can tell the slowdown and melodic ballad is meant to be a showcase, but her pipes can’t support it. And if you know me, you know it pains me to say it. It’s not bad, but you really want it to be better. The guitar really helps keep this one going.
A perfect balance is achieved with “Sea.” The power-pop sound works perfectly on this one. This record is so inconsistent it drives me crazy, because some of the tracks are fabby-dabby-doo, while others should have been relegated to B-side status.

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