Monday, April 30, 2012

Little Birdy


Despite Rolling Stone saying that Jasmine van den Bogaerde, the 15 year-old indie crooner/pianist from England known as Birdy, had successfully made one of the most boring albums they had seen out of a teenager in ages - I don't think the kid is half bad at all.

Sure, her amateur debut is one that's populated by haunting covers of Bon Iver, The National, Phoenix and more - but they're kind of beautiful in their vocal and piano-molded re-creation. She didn't pen the contemporary indie classics, but her unique pipes and melodic twists result in a newly romantic stamp of hers. Especially breathtaking is her one original song "Without A Word" - a ballad decorated with flowing, rainy day piano, ethereal and howling vibrato (resembling a James Blake, if he were a 15 year-old girl, if that makes sense) in a desperate lovestruck plea.

Still budding in every single way, I don't think many teenage musicians would be able to communicate this kind of heartbreak and tug on listener's heartstrings the way Birdy has with this one. I felt little tiny chills the first time I heard it, so, I wouldn't exactly call her boring in the least. Impressive and worth a shot, on the other hand? I certainly think so.

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