I Used to Be a Sparrow
You’ll like it if:
- You need some dreamy atmospheres to start off your day
- You want some music that can go directly to your heart
Needless to say, happy-go-lucky music is nowadays labelled as blank, “simple” (that is now used with a derogatory tinge) and quite hipster-ish. This may also be due to an overdose of indie/dreamy/synth pop, which led to quality, but not necessarily quality. Well, today we have some quality dreamy/synth pop, in which genuine music is crafted by the mix of some of the most quoted names of last year: Cymbals Eat Guitars, Naked and Famous, Pain of Being Pure at Heart, Adults, Elderly and Children – just to name some of them. I Used to Be a Sparrow’s debut ‘Luke’ is linear in its approach, blending in instruments and synth in an alternation of acoustic and electronic, taking all the best from the music in vogue last year and adding something more to it. Folk distortions and carefree tunes go along together in songs like ‘Smoke’ and ‘Let Go’, sometimes winning on the synth side (like in the dreamy track ‘Alaska’), sometimes focusing on the most alternative folk a là Jonathan Wilson and Iron & Wine (‘Give it Up’, ‘Lover on the Moon’). A quite production also highlights the guitar and its light distortions (becoming slightly heavier in the short track ‘Luke’)and quite Local Natives-esque backing vocals. The ethereal voice of Dick can soften even the most rock-ish track, taking everything to a dreamy level, with lyrical and musical elevations that are not made to amaze, but to recall the inner happy (‘Hawaii’) and sad memories of any of us (‘Smoke’).
Andrea and Dick find a perfect combination of folk, pop and rock blinking at that intimate atmosphere that is usually typical of the folk-pop acts (Mumford and Sons, Boy and Bear). As a personal Linus’ blanket, these tracks are a warm cover you can wrap yourself in, enjoying its genuine (but not simplistic) approach.