Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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Artist: Blackie Blue Bird (@)
Title: Goodbye in July
Format: CD & 12"
Label: Aeanaos Records (@)
Rated: *****
Heidi Lindahl (vocals, guitar) and Nils Lassen (guitars, bass, mandolin, lap steel guitar) are Blackie Blue Bird, from Copenhagen, Denmark, and 'Goodbye in July' is their sophomore album. This is ethereal wave/dream pop extraordinaire, maybe with a touch of goth melancholy, but not really gothic. Comparisons are easy; the first to come to mind is Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval. Then there is Love Spirals Downwards (remember them?) and also This Mortal Coil. There are likely many others as well. Remember those 'Heavenly Voices' compilation albums from the '90s? These guys would definitely be right at home on one of those. What makes Blackie Blue Bird so great though is not only the beauty of Heidi's voice and the instrumental prowess and arrangements by Nils, but the songs are exceptional. Awesomely exceptional. Every single one of them, all 11 tracks. The songs are moody, filled with emotion, and lyrically superb. The music has a haunting quality, and a bit of a country western lilt, slightly reminiscent of the Cowboy Junkies (with much better songs), but Heidi's voice is more a mix of Hope Sandoval and the smoother side of Stevie Nicks (sans bleating rasp). She also harmonizes elegantly with her lead vocal. There are no drums or percussion on the album, but it really isn't necessary anyway as the music stands on its won. Rarely have I heard an album that enthralled me from the moment I put it on, but this is certainly one of those rare birds. If for some reason 'Goodbye in July' doesn't propel Blackie Blue Bird into stardom, then this album is destined to be one of the most sought-after cult classics of 2020. Five stars and a "must own".


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