What Bird | Good Night, Good Riddance

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Good Night, Good Riddance

by What Bird

Late-night driving music.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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2. Home to You
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3. Highway Song
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4. Under the Milky Way
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5. New Again
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6. Rivers and Canyons
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7. Fallen Things
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8. Perfect Faith
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
What Bird is Julia Harrison and Winston Harrison. The duo from Nashville, TN describe their music as “late-night driving music,’ as they are most influenced by the dark, kinetic, peaceful, yet unsettling feeling of a late-night drive. Musically this translates to combining acoustic and electronic elements together with a dynamic rhythmic pulse to create a mesmerizing sound.

Winston and Julia met as students at the University of Miami, where Winston studied jazz bass and Julia studied classical flute. After college, Winston toured with the Gabe Dixon Band while Julia attended graduate school at CalArts in Valencia, CA. The 30 mile drive from Los Angeles to CalArts and back every day provided a backdrop for Julia’s songwriting. Her late night drives through the winding and mountainous freeways lead the way to her collaboration with Winston, who had begun writing and recording ambient and IDM music under the name “Fuzzmuzz.” Julia and Winston found they shared a similar musical sensibility and formed What Bird.

What Bird cites as influences: Everything but the Girl, Kristin Hersh, Eric Satie, and Arvo Part.









What Bird, Good Night, Good Riddance, 2008 (Self-released, Indie) (5 of 5 stars)


Good Night, Good Riddance is immediately comparable to Frou Frou and Sarah McLachlin. Organically electric in production, the record is filled with ambient guitars, loops, and a slew of other instruments played by a handful of Nashville's A-list indie musicians and producers including Ian Fitchuk, Matt Glassmeyer, and Joe Stark to name just a few. Julia's lyrics read like journal entries rather than a rhyming game, and although she runs the risk of sounding like a novice songwriter as a result, her vocals are so authentically angelic that each song pulls you into her meditative world. The record has eleven songs, one of which is a judicious cover of "Under the Milky Way." These songs contain subtle hooks—they're addictive without being annoying. The result is an outstanding high pop record that will be well-received by the most discriminating audiences.


— Vincent Wynne, listennashville.com

Sometimes it’s hard to locate genuine breaths of fresh air, but these folks qualify. Fans of everyone from Sheryl Crow to Everything But the Girl can find something to like here, and graveyard shift commuter-poets will find their car stereos have found a new best friend in Good Night, Good Riddance. On their promise of perfect late-night driving music, What Bird delivers.

-Luke Rounda, threestarsmash.com


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Tony H

Great Welcome for 'Good Riddance'!
This is lush, melodic, timeless and beautiful music to drown in. What Bird will transport you to a dreamlike state and into a world of depth and shimmering dimensions. If you are looking for a touchstone to decide if this is for you then I might venture Beth Orton when truly at her magical best. The fact that you are reading reviews tells me that you already know you want this record - go on, you will not be disappointed!

Kristin

Good Night, Good Riddance
Self-described as "late night driving music," Whatbird exceeds our expectations of what that means. Rather than late night music, something to slow you down, Whatbird is going somewhere. The pulse of an engine always throbbing underneath. The rhythym of tires against the pavement. The inability to know just how fast you are traveling, as you are hurled into the darkness. It's reminiscent of Mazzy Starr's melodic meanderings, but where Mazzy Starr is spare, Whatbird is textured, kinetic, like lullabys from the future. This is the mixed tape Beth Orton would play on a late night drive.

Ann A.

Incredible Music - Don't Miss This
This quickly became my new favorite CD. Words like fresh, clear, pure, original and haunting come to mind. Easy to listen to, but definitely does not fade into the background - I find myself replaying certain songs or portions of songs, just to listen again to 'that' phrase or passage that transports me to another place. Good Night and Good Riddance is as good as it gets - at least until the next CD!

Jen Schroeder

What Bird - Breathtaking.
'What Bird' produces amazing, serene, moving, angelic tracks that are sure to emote a smile, sob, or somber memory from even the biggest music snob out there.

Julia's undeniable beautiful voice and meaningful lyrics can touch fans with just one listen.

'Good Night, Good Riddance' has taken a hold of my headphones and is proving to be the perfect addition to my music library. This album is a much needed getaway for the mind, body and soul.

Listen. Feel. Love.

Frank O

Buy this cd
If you’re tired of all the commercial drivel out there, buy this cd..
If you want to hear what plagiaristic ad execs are stealing, buy this cd.
Listen to the samples, then, buy this cd.
After experiencing “What Bird’s Good Night, Good Riddance”, the only thing you’ll be wanting is more.

John A Wylam

What Bird - Good Night, Good Riddance - a lovely album
Sophisticated, melodic, engaging, entrancing; gorgeous late night sounds.