Monday, August 3, 2009

Just Listen: Joseph Birdsong

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There's something really charming about the little ditties produced by Joseph Birdsong. For those who aren't all about this whole "Web 2.0" thing, Birdsong is pretty big star on YouTube, and yesterday he uploaded a video for the first song to be released off of his upcoming iTunes EP (which should be out late this year or early next).

"Paper Cranes" is the thing that lovely indie film soundtracks are made of. It clocks in at a miniscule 1:15, and yet like Answering Machine Music-era Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, he manages to use minimalism to his advantage, crafting a fantastically catchy and oddly touching track.

If you read this blog even semi-often, you know that CFTPA is one of my favourite artists because of the way he uses classic pop hooks to tell stories about the mundanity and general fucked-ness of people's lives. Birdsong's tone is a tad more chipper than CFTPA's, but on "Paper Cranes" he shows the same kind of knack for simple melodies and great storytelling. Pop music is amazing because of it's breadth, and this is one artist who appears to have found his niche.

Joseph Birdsong - "Paper Cranes (Preview)" (Download)

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - "Secretest Crush" (Download)

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