Bobby Birdman

Let Me In

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Bobby Birdman is the alter ego of Rob Kieswetter, a singer/songwriter who makes ample use of the acoustic guitar but who also injects new elements into his quiet music with the use of wild, atmospheric electronics. His sparse, computerized accompaniment and sullen, whispery vocals are akin to many dreamy solo artists singing their woes, and his more abstract selections are as out there as some of the weirder moments captured on tape by the quietly beautiful avant-garde shock artists Joan of Arc. Much of the record is actually straightforward enough to not be confusing, but other selections are nearly Björk-like with their predominance of non-linear beats and floating vocals. The Portland, OR- based Birdman rarely lets up on the dreamy and continuous soundscapes that give the album its uninterrupted feel, and the recording creates an incredibly warm vibe throughout. Relaxed but still eventful, the disc has a slow, sleepy feel, but Birdman keeps the listen tuned in throughout with his progressively interesting song mutations and uniquely catchy lyrics. Let Me In is certainly a promising debut, and the incredibly creative songwriter seems to be aware of all his capabilities. The end results may be low-key and easy on the ears, but that's only more impressive when you consider how much is taking place in the background.

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