March 15, 2010

All we are is burning stars

mimicking birds glow

In the past week, I have listened to this record on loop at least three or four times through daily, and I am falling more and more for it each time. Mimicking Birds is a trio from Portland, recently signed to Isaac Brock’s Glacial Pace label.

Speaking of Brock, there’s more than a hint of early Modest Mouse in these songs, with what I’d describe as an aquatic unsettling feeling that ripples through the album. It feels subversive, but subtle. It reminds me a bit of my other current obsession, the eclectic Electric President, with some of the warmth of Blind Pilot and the mercurial warble of Devendra Banhart.

Click the play arrow below to stream the entire new self-titled debut album (just out last week). Track #3 “Burning Stars” is the top-notch track for free download here with email address, and other standout tracks for me include #7 “Remnants and Pictures” and #11 “Under and In Rocks.” I cannot stop listening.

(I fidgeted with the code some to turn off the auto-play function, so you can also access the same player on the Glacial Pace site, if’n I hopelessly messed something up)


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  • Terrific sound! And funny enough, I’m in Portland this week. Too bad for me, no shows scheduled that I can find. I’ll have to make do with a CD.

    Rick — March 15, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

  • rcrd.lbl posted about these guys last year and the mp3 for burning stars is still available to download

    which made me very happy =)

    Kelly — March 16, 2010 @ 9:47 am

  • Oh man, these guys are great. I saw them last year open a show for Blitzen Trapper, Fleet Foxes and Menomena. They weren’t ready for prime time, but a year later when they opened for Modest Mouse they were quite good (also check out Morning Teleportation, the other band Isaac Brock signed to Glacial Pace!).

    The cool thing is, this started out as a bedroom project for Nate Lacy and his dad goes to every one of his shows. You can’t miss him, he’s the very excited cowboy who talks to everybody. It kinda warms my heart to see a dad be that excited for his son’s music career — even when it was just him playing songs in his bedroom.

    James — March 17, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

  • [...] Mimicking Birds: “Cabin Fever” Via Heather at I Am Fuel, You Are Friends this is delicate, melancholy beauty from Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock’s Glacial Palace [...]

    they said the sky was falling and they played the hits: last month’s mix, april 2010; at [last year's girl] — April 29, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

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