Futurebirds - EP


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Re-release of Futurebirds six-song debut; an EP that pays lo-fi homage to three decades of cornbread-fed psych, folk and and rock ‘n roll with production values reminiscent of Tennessee Fire era My Morning Jacket. Before last year's Hampton's Lullaby helped put them firmly on the national radar, including garnering year-end best-of mentions across the internet, Athens, Georgia's Futurebirds self-recorded and released their eponymous debut EP. Part of the reason why this EP caught people's ears so quickly is evident from the opening chords of "Breathe for Days," the EP's first track. The mammoth reverb that has become the band's stock in trade is here in droves. So are the cavernous harmonies laid down by the band's multiple singers. When they rise to the top, like on "Dirty D" or the outstanding "Megachills," it's easy to feel swept along in the tide of voices. Futurebirds is an EP that feels of a piece, even as its songs shuffle along at different paces. It helps that they have such a defining sound; it connects the stomp of "Dirty D," the sweet heartbreak of "Red Top Girl" and the defiant shout of "MJB" together under one mantle. This music is soaked in echo. Which makes sense. It sounds like the defining element of modern southern rock and roll. MMJ swims in it, certainly. Even people who weren't native southerners, like Jeffrey Lee Pierce of the Gun Club, seemed to feel that that sound was imbued with the South's ethos. Where Futurebirds would go with this sound later is evident in their debut LP and the just released Via Flamina EP, but there's something interesting in hearing a band emerge with a nearly fully formed voice intact. If you're new to the band, this is an excellent place to start. If you're already well-versed, it's certainly time for another visit.