Looks at the Bird

Looks at the Bird

by Brokeback


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Looks at the Bird

On its third release, Brokeback brings the quiet. While Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier and Mary Hansen contribute their exquisite vocals to a few tracks, they're mostly of the wordless sort, used more for spice or texture than as a main ingredient. One of those numbers, "In the Reeds," could almost be mistaken for an outtake from the bossa nova landmark Getz/Gilberto featuring the similarly angelic-sounding Astrud Gilberto. Looks at the Bird is an otherwise instrumental affair with a few jazzy touches here and there. Sometimes it sounds like Ennio Morricone, sometimes the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Mostly it sounds like its own thing. Although six-string bass guitarist Douglas McCombs has played with Chicago's Eleventh Dream Day and Pullman, Bird sounds more like the work of Tortoise, another post-rock combo with which he's been associated. Brokeback, in the person of McCombs and upright bassist Noel Kupersmith, even takes on Tortoise's "The Suspension Bridge at Iguazú Falls," as well as Walter Schumann's "Pearl's Dream" from Charles Laughton's moody masterpiece The Night of the Hunter. The latter concludes the album and features a lovely vocal from Hansen. It's a fitting testament to the singer, who perished in a traffic accident in late 2002.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/2003
Label: Thrill Jockey
UPC: 0790377012026
catalogNumber: 120
Rank: 230819

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brokeback   Primary Artist
Mary Hansen   Vocals
Rob Mazurek   Cornet
Laetitia Sadier   Vocals
Machines   Strings
John McEntire   Percussion,Drums
Douglas McCombs   Bass,Guitar
Noel Kupersmith   Organ,Electric Bass,Marimbas,Double Bass,Vibes
Aki Tsuyuko   Flute,Reed Organ

Technical Credits

Jeff Parker   Composer
John McEntire   Composer,Engineer,String Arrangements
John Herndon   Composer
Douglas McCombs   Arranger,Composer,String Arrangements
Dan Bitney   Composer
Noel Kupersmith   Arranger,String Arrangements
David Pajo   Composer
Eric Claridge   Paintings

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