Ghostbird

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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: 8/23/2011
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527769875
  • Catalog Number: 001584502
  • Sales rank: 89,619

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swell Window (3:51)
  2. 2 Anchor (3:23)
  3. 3 31 Days In June (3:53)
  4. 4 Milestone Moon (3:40)
  5. 5 Siboh Kitak Nangis (2:20)
  6. 6 The Book of Morris Johnson (3:15)
  7. 7 Madness (2:28)
  8. 8 Bag of Gold (2:39)
  9. 9 Concrete Wall (3:35)
  10. 10 Roll Your Head In the Sun (2:55)
  11. 11 Stay In the Clouds (3:32)
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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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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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