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Mimicking Birds

If there is such a thing as the quintessential Portuguese folk band (from Portland, Oregon) then Mimicking Birds would be it. Think wandering gypsies, road trips and full moons and you’ll have dreamed up the musical tapestry woven by the duo.

Yet, they are much more than your typical acoustic band and prove themselves by manipulating a tidal-wave of dissonant sounds, contrasting the purity of guitar and piano with resonant digital effects. Mimicking Birds is the musical soundtrack to life in the countryside – they incorporate profound themes of which will have you pondering your life.

mimicking birdsFans of Fleet Foxes or Modest Mouse need look no further. Mimicking Birds are here to provide your dose of introspective, emotional folk this Winter.

Their EP EONS greets us with a staggered entry and gradually evolves with smoky vocals and dry, sliding riffs, building a tense yet engaging atmosphere. The appeal of the EP is in its simple approach and moderate sound which contrasts the complexity of the poetic lyrics. Even the artwork of the EP has a resounding metaphorical element of life and death.

The photograph is once again a fierce dual between simple appearances and the allusion of deep, thoughtful thematic concerns. A close-up of a beautiful, static moth finding rest upon the remains of an animal skull.

Mimicking Birds are the kind of band that you listen to when you’re strolling through the park or trying to ease the pain of a long bus ride. They present a soothing sphere of sound which will help you ease through a gloomy day, reminding you of the beauty which life possesses, even within what some would deem as ‘the ordinary’.

I’d recommend visiting the band’s website and scrolling through the lyrics tab to discover some of their sweet words, it’ll certainly give an insight into the mind of a talented song-writer. After you’ve done that, purchase EONS and then you can thank me later.

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