Swedish/Finnish trio Birdpeople (aka Amanda Blomqvist, Cecilia Wickström and Jakob Lavonius) pulls music from homemade instruments which wanders through warped landscapes filled with electronic experiments, krautrock mechanisms and weirdo pop diversions. Their work can be strange but also welcoming, an amalgam of expansive influences and personal experiences that inform their unique perspective on pop music. Their inspirations often compete for dominance in any given song, but they always manage to rein in these wilder tendencies to fashion a sound that's equally nebulous and coherent.
The band will release their self-titled debut EP on May 4 via Monocetafon. It was produced by Magnus “Existensminimum” Monn. "We wanted to build a utopia out of all this riff raff," the band explains, "and somehow this became our way of making music feel like it mattered again. Using hardware synths makes played parts irrevocable, it limits and hinders -- a paradoxical deliverance. There were times when we couldn’t communicate except through the sounds we made; sometimes we were like a harmonious hive mind.”
On their latest single, "Flesh & Bone," the band indulges their cacophonous tendencies, allowing subtle electronic sounds to mesh with more pop-oriented rhythms and an unwavering indie rock momentum. The resulting expulsion of musical brashness is refreshingly distinct and effortlessly draws you into its darker depths. The song is a sometimes stark observation of the effects of loneliness that also vaguely explores some nihilistic themes and imagery. But even with these calamitous ideas floating around in the music, the band isn't looking to scare people off, quite the opposite really. They simply want people to acknowledge that there is light and shadow covering everything, and it's how you deal with this emotional disparity that defines you.