Music of the Week: The Bird and the Bee

On Jan. 27 the indie California pop group the Bird and the Bee released their latest album ‘Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future.’

Bringing back an updated version of their renowned pop and techno vibe, you’ll probably wear out your boom box just listening to all the edgy and intriguing sounds.

The two behind the name, Greg Kurstin and Inara George are quiet renowned in the music scene, with Kurstin producing tracks for such artists as Lily Allen, Beck and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

You might recognize their song ‘La La La’ in a past Apple advertisement in addition to hearing an assortment of other tracks in the company’s stores.

Or perhaps you heard their mellower side with the song ‘How Deep is Your Love’ in ‘Sex and the City: The Movie’ last summer.

But of course, if you’re a lover of indie bands like myself, it’s quite hard not to recognize them when not one but two of their songs have landed on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’

If for some unknown reason none of these are ringing a bell or you can’t find any of these songs on your iPod, believe me, you’ll want to check them out ASAP!

The band is known specifically for their electronic sound, however, it’s the unity of quirky and eccentric sounds that juxtaposed against depressing lyrics that make their work unmistakable.

Take, for example, the track ‘Ray Gun’ off the new album. The blending of George’s soft and unobtrusive whispers and Kurstin’s capricious beats camouflages the song’s gloomy and dismal message.

‘I’m stuck inside the walls of all this sin and strife. I want a pretty little life.’

This formula is used on the majority of their tracks and is sure to have you immediately hooked after just the first riff.

‘Hey boy won’t you take me out tonight, I’m not afraid of all the reasons we shouldn’t try.’ It’s this play of musical textures that makes listeners and fellow musicians alike yearn for more of their music.

After the release of their debut album, ‘Again and Again and Again and Again’ back in October of 2006, ‘Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future’ is the Bird and the Bee’s astonishing seventh album to date available on iTunes.

Now, with only a little over three years under their belt, I think it’s safe to say this group will continue creating and producing albums until their batteries run out of charge.

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‘Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future’ is available in stores everywhere.

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