13 August 2007
Children Eating Birds
The self-titled CD-R by Children Eating Birds (available here) dreams it's way through earlyish Animal Collective territory with a smattering of the woodfunk of the Wooden Wand folk... you know the drift here : melodies lightly scraped from bark; deer-lick tunings; accordian drones that crossover each other like people are playing in different glades, tonally not dissimilar to the Coil equinox eps...
Plus I like anything which reminds me (is influenced by?) my favourite Magritte painting, Pleasure (pictured above). Okay, 40% is in the titles with Magritte - a trait shared by the Burroughs cut-up books - but from the age of about 10, when I first saw that painting in the school library, it kind of grabbed me by the throat. Children Eating Birds don't sound anything like their name (contrast Sheep On Drugs, who sounded exactly like their name) but I guess the old surrealist art of forcing tension via lack of correspondence is still live and kicking in the backwoods of Canada.
Worth a look. These guys have just enough musicaliity to push their way through the trees.
A Yousendit Whittling