Philly performing songwriter Birdie Busch makes her long-awaited return to the studio with Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night (January 8), her first full-length since 2009's Pattern of Saturn and the follow up to her 2010 EP Everyone Will Take You In. Intact is Busch's freewheeling folk-centric, roots rockin' songs with a shot of ethereal dream popped Americana but The Greatest Night reveals a heartier, slightly heavier dynamic thanks to some touring with local faves Dr. Dog, encouragement from the band's Scott McMicken and finally a full studio band -- The Greatest Night -- and production from Nathan Sabatino and longtime collaborator Devin Greenwood. "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.” For starters we recommend the album opener "Supermoon" and "Far From the Tree", each track exposing a sharp combination of rhythmic acousticism and languid atmospheres. Stream the full album here.
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.