In a sentence:
Thea Gustafsson’s Becky And The Birds project is one that promises great things, if latest EP ‘Trasslig’ is anything to go by.
Swedish artist Thea Gustafsson is the performer, songwriter,
arranger AND producer of all the material that is released under her pseudonym,
Becky And The Birds. Gustafsson is incredibly fortunate and skilled to
have successfully established an outlet for her material with such stringent control
over the artistic direction, and draws upon her knowledge of jazz and soul
music in particular when styling her own music. Becky And The Birds’ latest EP release,
a collection of seven tracks under the title Trasslig, is a light and
dreamy collage of thought, punctuated by lo-fi hip-hop beats and Gustafsson’s
exceptional vocal harmonies.
Trasslig begins with the haunting but beautiful
harmonic progression of ‘She’s
Already Crazy’, a clearly jazz-inspired introduction to the EP, giving
hints at what the listener can expect to hear throughout the rest of the track
listing; song structures that are obscure, yet far from unpleasant, and harmony
that challenges the ear without jarring the mind. A stand-out feature of this EP
is Gustafsson’s voice, with which she reaches unbelievable heights, and crafts
high-pitched harmony with such sharp accuracy. In places, Gustafsson’s vocals
almost sound akin to birdsong, high-pitched but never shrill, as in the second
Gustafsson’s production style also deserves praise, as she
manages to achieve a lush, thick layering of instrumentation that doesn’t swamp
her vocals but still provides a cushioning for them to rest upon as the track
progresses. This is particularly evident in the track ‘Pass Me By’, a song
that builds and builds with subtle additions to the overall texture of the
music to create a soft yet prominent crescendo.
Becky And The Birds is a personal project with immense promise,
and Trasslig is an indication that the release of more material from the
mind of Thea Gustafsson could be imminent. The music is of an established
style, and suggests that she will perhaps begin a second project to address
other musical genres/styles? The possibilities are endless with an artist who
takes responsibility for every aspect of the creation of their work, and it
will be interesting to see in which direction Gustafsson takes Becky And The
Birds in the future. (7/10) (Jacob Kendrew)
Listen to Trasslig EP by Becky And The Birds here via Spotify, and tell us what you think below!
Tags: Becky And The Birds, Jacob Kendrew, review, Thea Gustafsson, Trasslig
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