Album Review

Birds You Once Knew – “Synth Miniatures” – [Donkey Disk]

Naysayer   6/19/2013   A Library, Cassette

Birds You Once Knew have done an interesting thing on their new project “Synth Miniatures”: in approximately 30 minutes they have made a history of synthesizer/dance/electronic, music from the late 1970’s to today. Donkey Disk, the label putting out this cassette, states it’s a tribute to roland (as in Roland synthesizer) and sequential circuits. It definitely is. The first track sounds reminiscent of Kraftwerk with those poppy, somewhat happy beats. Very consistent. Very smooth. With each sequential track we move through the different ways the synthesizer and partner tools were used to make music. Does that sound a bit like Depeche Mode? Was that some techno and electro clash? Oh oh, here comes the IDM. Now do not, in any way, take this as a negative. It is positive plus. These cuts are so fun, so enjoyable and very well executed. I have listened to this many times, just dancing around the house smiling at the references and styles. I dare you to play it straight through, it’s really that well done. Have fun with it. Thumbs up for Birds You Once Knew.

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