REDUX UPDATE: Philly performing songwriter Birdie Busch's long-awaited return to the studio brought us Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night, her first full-length since 2009's Pattern of Saturn and the follow up to her 2010 EP Everyone Will Take You In. Released via PledgeMusic in January, the album garnered support from fine local radio station WXPN and word began to spread. Now, we're happy to report, the album is getting another well-deserved push October 22 with a national indie release and promotional rollout. As we noted earlier, Busch's freewheeling folk-centric, roots rockin' songs with a shot of ethereal dream-popped Americana remain intact. But The Greatest Night reveals a heartier, slightly heavier dynamic thanks to some touring with local faves Dr. Dog and Busch's development of a full backing band. "This was the first project that allowed us to block off a week and cut it all mostly live," says Birdie. "Everything was happening at once, the feeding off of each others energies, the guitar licks calling and responding, the eye contact, the instantaneous reactionary arrangements."
Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night - "Supermoon"
Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night - "Far From the Tree"
Coming out of what could be called a veritable renaissance that has put Philadelphia back at the top of the list of America’s music capitals, Birdie Busch joins other talented locals and partners in crime in creating a tight-knit community that seeks to make great music, inspire people, and see what happens.
Critics from the Village Voice to American Songwriter have admiringly found her of kindred spirit to everyone from Syd Barrett to Eudora Welty and All Music Guide exclaimed that she is one of the “most affecting altos around”.
Her timeless approach and broad spectrum of influences has allowed her to play shows with everyone from iconics like Richard Thompson to one of her most recent stints, opening a short run for the rockin’ tour de force Dr. Dog in the spring of 2012. Encouraged by Scott Mcmicken of Dr. Dog, they recorded it at Meth Beach with Nathan Sabatino (Be the Void) and then Birdie laid down vocals at Saltlands in Dumbo, Brooklyn with her longtime partner in sonic adventures, Devin Greenwood, in his studio “The Honey Jar”.
The result is Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night,which gathers together what Birdie loves best: playing in a band with other like-minded folks where both melody, rhythm, dynamic, and songwriting are all getting their time to shine.
Birdie on the recording, “These guys are all my best friends and I admire them immensely for their lifelong dedication to making music and that’s really what binds us, that unspoken acknowledgment. While most of us have recorded alot together, this was the first project that allowed us to block off a week and cut it all mostly live. Everything was happening at once, the feeding off of each others energies, the guitar licks calling and responding, the eye contact, the instantaneous reactionary arrangements.”
The recording shows growth, maturity, and risk taking. It is lush, angular, and muscular. Many moments the band achieves a true rock and roll velocity, tranfiguration, and a reaching in, out, and up. There’s lots going on in these recordings and they only seem to reveal more with each listen.