Birds & Batteries – Stray Light album review

Birds & Batteries are veterans in the business, maybe not in terms of time but certainly in their amount of releases, and their quality. Their website hosts no less than 4 LPs, all of which are playable. The band has this energy that they manage to capture in many of their songs, even the slower ones. You can’t help but move to it. Woven together with some great storytelling and memorable lines (Wild fires will burn out loud/Like a style, burn from bright to black), Stray Light is romantic in more than society’s normal meaning. It’s classic, something you can experience time and again, and notice something you didn’t notice before, like the bending of notes in “Be My Girl”.

The intro hook in “I Want You” draws you in to the song; it’s almost as if the vocals are the back up, and the synth is taking centre stage. “Evolutionary Step” doesn’t take itself too seriously, bouncing along at a good pace. “My Life is Mine” is twee, especially when compared to the soundscape of the final track “Arctic Flowers” that opens your minds eye to a panoramic sunset.

The album is rare in that it isn’t intrusive if you don’t want it to be, but it’s spectacular if you focus on it. A group that is certainly capable of their craft, Birds & Batteries are touring now, and Stray Light is in stores and online now.

By Aaron Peart

If Aaron hadn't chosen to snowboard for the rest of his life, music would easily fill that hole.

Avid gig-goer when finances and scheduling allows, he has seen everyone from Del tha Funky Homosapien to the Rolling Stones to Sharon Jones.

An off-the-cuff writer, he started writing after he realised he would forget main aspects of the topic he spoke about... turned out he liked it. His non-musical musings can be found at the link below where you never really know what will come up. And yes. He is related to Neil.

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