Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Since the curtains were drawn and the stage lights illuminated on Chapel Hill trio Birds and Arrows, their audience has been stalked with dramatic moments within subtle deliveries. With a scaled down drum kit steadily strummed with brushes and thumping a soft beat behind a single yet brightly shining acoustic guitar and a low slung cello, Birds and Arrows' instrumentation is as minimalist in design as is the three piece arrangement of musicians whom take to them. Their trade-mark move has been the entrancing rhythm of this soft play jarred and pushed by the excitable drive of singer Andrea Connolly's powerful vocal and in their latest body of work We're Gonna Run, these elements harmony together once again for delicate yet defensible performances.
At full swing, this work is an articulated ballet of keen-edged acoustic strings lifting acute piano key taps in and around heart broken falsettos. Exploring their penchant for describing the longing side of love, We're Gonna Run finds Birds and Arrows explaining away the pains of falling in and falling out with softly whispered remedies mixed into their simple, catchy versus and soothing harmonies. The album's falling out tales are best characterized as Connolly chokes up and cries through the unlucky-in-love "Time Alone" ...a track haunted with hurting emotions and recaptured with brilliant rhythm. Pretty pop gems "Arrows in the Air" and "Another Life" are more steps in the albums intricate dance of folk confession and round the performance with a sense of satisfaction, for Birds and Arrows that they produced a beautiful album and for audience...that we got their best. --Carrboro Ninja
We're Gonna Run is out May 7th on 307 Knox with a release party at The Local 506 in Chapel Hill, but you can see them this weekend Saturday April 23rd on the patio at Sadlack's Heroes for a highly recommended show with the highly regarded Where the Buffalo Roamed.