Mr Bird - Bird Bird Bird 7.3
Mr Bird’s ‘Bird Bird Bird’ has a lot of fun. This is silliness, Wagon Christ style. Animated samples, wobbles, and goofy little melodies mark the entire album. Put together it is a great deal of fun. What’s particularly nice is the consistency. ‘Bird Bird Bird’ proceeds through the whole album with a sense of play that’s refreshing. Little samples are teased out through entire songs. Beats are included in a way to give some nod to Planet Mu’s earlier artists. Much of Mr Bird is reminiscent of the more playful side of IDM. Sure some of these songs are danceable, but greater emphasis is placed on the concept of mood.
‘Funky Albatross’ is the most indebted to Wagon Christ’s level of silliness. Various voices filter through. This is one of the more ‘party-friendly’ tracks on the album. ‘Cenora’ continues this vibe complete with horns and a piano sample. Repetition makes it even clearer how poppy the whole thing is. ‘The Eskimo’ chills things out a bit with a slow-building groove. Mr Bird slows things down here. One of the best songs on the album, it takes its time to slow that Mr Bird can do smart and silly simultaneously. The fragments of horn and melody are extremely catchy.
By the end of the album things become considerably more mellow. Tempos are slowed down. ‘Birds Groovin’ sounds like an attempt to replicate the casual groove of Flying Lotus. ‘Baron Von Bird’ ends it on a happy, active note. Overall the album maintains a good sense of balance with fun.