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Quick hits: Bird Call

January 5, 2011

Bird Call‘s The Animals Know EP showcases a talent that I look forward to hearing more from. The extravagantly-named pianist Chiara Angelicola, whose stage name is Bird Call, plays piano pieces with a minimum of surrounding sounds. They range from chirpy pop a la Regina Spektor (“Waltz in the Snow,” “Bye, Bye Honeymoon”) to elegant, morose pieces (the other four songs). Her dusky voice has impressive range, from gravelly low notes (“The Races”) to trilling highs (“Bye, Bye Honeymoon”). It’s hard to tell which is more appealing, the piano songwriting or the vocals; and that’s a good problem to have. Fans of solid pop melodies and dramatic sweeps and swells will find much to love in The Animals Know.

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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