the bird and the bee – again and again and again and again

the bird and the bee
again and again and again and again

The bird and the bee is the duo of Inara George (former solo artist and daughter of Little Feat frontman Lowell George) and Greg Kurstin (known as a musician and producer for the Flaming Lips, Peaches, and more). The twosome, brought together by a love of jazz, apparently spent a few years playing together with no real intentions of releasing anything publicly. Now they have again and again and again and again EP as a precursor to their self-titled full length debut out soon.

At four tracks – including one remix – the again and again and again and again EP comes of as more of a CD single than an EP. Still, it serves as a good introduction to the masses and has been generating a fair amount of buzz in the process. And, with songs this fresh and (mostly) sweet, this EP is sure to become coveted by all sorts of future fans.

The opening song, “Again & Again,” is a bright shiny piece of blissed out pop music that is an absolute treat on the ears. While there is a definite nod to 60s pop, the bird and the bee also incorporate electronica, French pop, lounge, and more. Inara George’s pretty voice sounds a lot like Imogen Heap, so fans of Frou Frou should take note. “I’m a Broken Heart” has a bit of a California psychedelic feel mixed with some sultry horns. “Fucking Boyfriend” is pure pop-electronica with a soft beat that matches Inara’s vocals well. This track is also treated to a remix by Peaches, that amps up the electronic touches but doesn’t ultimately give the song a hugely different feel.

again and again and again and again EP is a fine beginning for this Los Angeles based duo. The music here is varied enough that I’m intrigued to see what the bird and the bee can do with a proper full length release. This duo could easily usher in another new wave of 60s-style pop goodness.