Sometimes I just need to chill out, sit down and do nothing but contemplate the concept of life. Everyone has these existential moments (I would hope) where you can do nothing but sit there, feet on the ground but head in the cosmos. And nothing accompanies that better than music (just say no to hallucinatory drugs, Indie-Versers).
I have yet to find a band or artist more well-suited for these moments than Mimicking Birds, a Portland-based group from Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock’s label Glacial Pace.
Mimicking Birds only has one full-length album out, 2009′s self-titled debut Mimicking Birds, but has been in the works for their sophomore album to be released sometime this year (let us hope this is true, and the band doesn’t follow Modest Mouse’s 5-year gap in albums).
Mimicking Birds is hands-down the most comforting, thought-provoking and chilled out album I’ve lended ears to, and it’s a shame the band isn’t more well-known. Just listen to this track from the album, “The Loop,” and see what I mean.
And who doesn’t love a song that uses space and the cosmos as a metaphor for a relationship? I dare you to press play and not keep pressing it afterward.
And then there’s “Them,” an old-western-y guitar pick track with sultry, soft, yet ominously creepy lyrical content. Watch out with this one, ladies.
Most recently the band premiered their newest track, “Acting Your Age” at a live show in Portland, which has the same infectious feel and the same spacey vibe.
From what I can see, most of the live shows are in Washington, a far cry from our beloved North Texas, but if there’s one thing I can tell you from these guys, it’s to check out their debut album, keep an eye out for their new stuff and buy the upcoming album.
No hesitations. Just buy. It’ll be worth it.