Ghostbird

Ghostbird

by Zee Avi
     
 

Setting up her camp somewhere between the beach and the jazz club, Zee Avi croons her way through another batch of relaxed, tropical songs on her second album. Ghostbird picks up where her debut left off, highlighting Avi's voice and globe-trotting influences with help from Mario Caldato, Jr., a Brazilian producer who addsSee more details below

Overview

Setting up her camp somewhere between the beach and the jazz club, Zee Avi croons her way through another batch of relaxed, tropical songs on her second album. Ghostbird picks up where her debut left off, highlighting Avi's voice and globe-trotting influences with help from Mario Caldato, Jr., a Brazilian producer who adds some of the same bossa nova charm he brought to Bebel Gilberto's catalog. Avi is more indebted to her international roots this time around, singing in her native dialect on "Siboh Kitak Nangis" and drawing a link between American folk music and Malaysian traditions on the other numbers. But for all its worldly context, Ghostbird still wears its heritage lightly, placing more focus on the breezy songs themselves than the singer's dual citizenship. "Madness," with its walking bass solo and muted horn riffs, gives Avi the chance to flex her jazz chops, and "Concrete Wall" finds her layering a cappella vocals into a cyclical R&B tune. Accompanying herself on ukulele, she sings with the plainspoken beauty of Priscilla Ahn and Inara George, never resorting to multi-note runs or other vocal theatrics. The arrangements follow suit; they're detailed and gorgeous, but they rarely overwhelm the music they're meant to support, even at their most ornate. Ghostbird is a summer album for adventurous folk fans, engaging on its first run-thru but packed with enough twists and turns to warrant repeated listens.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2011
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602527769875
catalogNumber:
001584502
Rank:
81808

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zee Avi   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals
Joey Altruda   Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Bass,Slide Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Mario Caldato   Accordion
Danny Frankel   Percussion,Drums
David Ralicke   Trombone,Trumpet
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson   Cello,Viola
David Hurwitz   Guitar,Celeste,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,Vibes
Xocoyotzin Moraza   Harp
Mark Nishita   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
Rex Taylor   Shells
Pablo Calohero   Flute
Nocoyotzin Moraza   Harp
Brushfire Crew   Percussion,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mario Caldato   Producer,Engineer
Morris Johnson   Composer
Robert Carranza   Mastering
Cut Chemist   beats,Cut,Additional Production
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson   String Arrangements
Zee Avi   Composer,Cover Design
Rose None   Management
Rex Taylor   beats
Brett Ramey   Cover Design

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