Los Angeles-based five-piece Bird Dog play indie-rock that is imbued by the hazy mountains of Southern California: classic Americana with a rock crunch. Their new EP, Misty Shrub marks the start of their grand plan: to bring romance to the wonder of the West. Their sound has been likened to Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket. The band are signed to National Anthem, the home of Haim and Chvrches.
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Authentic feelings band Bird Dog come outside to revel in the early-evening sunset and make/Instagram their own soundtrack. ‘Misty Shrub’ shows off the band’s influences with all the sleeves worn: it begins with the folksy dramatics of Ben Howard before pushing into a fuller, more electrifying indie rock sound, kinda like the Lumineers contemplating distortion between the banjos. “The Ocean and the Sea” is advert rock, while “Dogs” hums its way into anthemic pop, layered with Vampire Weekend sheen and a gratingly clunky bass groove.
It’s clean, clear and altogether nice music, but these songs stumble a bit on their way to becoming pop magic, laying on much texture. “Red River” strips the band way the fuck back, initially, but gravitates towards the same ascendent sound -- the terse, charcoaled riffs and brief accordion flourishes eventually give way to high-and-wild vocal hums and twinkling piano. Even at their quietest, Bird Dog sound fit to burst; the xylophones of "The Desert Song" come between gasps and wails and piano chords that sound dug deep into the ground.
This band, with their feigned quiet whimsy, will surely eat the universe.
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