Augie March - Strange Bird (2LP)
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Augie March's sophomre album Strange Bird released on Record Store Day 2016.
Fourteen tracks of pastoral beauty, labyrinthine arrangements, and breathtaking prose render the listener unable to take it all in one listen. Wordsmith Glenn Richards' love of poetry -- the lyric booklet has an index of first lines -- is evident throughout, and although his vocals are often mixed far too low, his distinctive cadence recalls a young, mush-mouthed Ray Davies. In the heartbreaking "Little Wonder," folksy guitars, swirling brass, and delicate piano wrap themselves around delicious imagery.
Strange Bird is that rare piece of work that seems destined to age with you. One can only hope that this colourful bird from down under has, among all its other attributes, the gift of flight.