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Review: Fish & Bird, Every Whisper Is A Shout Across the Void

Fish & Bird
Every Whisper Is A Shout Across the Void
[Fiddle Head Records (2011)]

On their debut album, Fish & Bird were a folkier duo with a sound that was heavy on fiddle and banjo interplay. Now they’ve expanded to full folk-rock, and if you liked bands like The Duhks or The Paperboys, I would heartily recommend their new album, Every Whisper is a Shout Across the Void. They’ve still got those really nice clawhammer banjo lines and the kind of smooth-yet-not-pop fiddling that you can only find in Canada, but they’ve now added bass, drums, and guitars. Their songs also seem poppier. That can be good and bad, but overall they’ve got the folk chops to keep from sliding into “Genericana.” Some lyrics are a bit strange, certainly it came as a surprise on the nice instrumental “Circle Tune,” when singer Taylor Ashton started singing about climbing inside a recently-dead horse à la the ice planet Hoth, but most of the lyrics are sensitive and thoughtful, like

There are more connections in the human brain
than there are stars in the universe
and I tried to say in a couple words
what I can’t understand, let alone explain

from the beautiful “Effigy.” The opening track, “Well Run Dry” passes the hummability test that every song should undergo, and the penultimate track, “Northern Lights,” is just flat out gorgeous. Fish & Bird are a new force to be reckoned with on Canada’s roots scene, and from the sound of their new album, they’d do well in the U.S. too. [fishandbird.ca]


(Not a link to their album but rather a track off a charity compilation.]

—Devon Leger (Shoreline, WA)

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2 comments on “Review: Fish & Bird, Every Whisper Is A Shout Across the Void

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