Mechanical Bird-Daughter of the Wind EP

Mechanical Bird - Daughter of the Wind

It’s not often that I get to review a new EP by an artist from Denmark. However, the most recent album by Mechanical Bird, which is the recording name of  Jakob Brixton, is a uniquely formed take on the slow and ornate folk/Americana that Fleet Foxes have made popular. Banjos, singing saws, and softly strummed acoustic guitars are all present. The EP is a warm, inviting collection of songs of loss, regret, and deep love.

“Letters from Late Lovers” is a banjo strummed lament featuring swooning choirs of voices, intricate percussion, and a slow build to peak, only to finish with just Brixton and a banjo. A truly stunning opener. “Time travel, and old heartaches are all we talk about” is the opening line of “Eternity and Such”. The song is a simple acoustic guitar ditty, a take on a rainy day conversation that drifts into deep thought. The song is a sweet little love song, wrapped up by a strong set of lyrics. “It’s Summer and I Want to Sleep” is the place where the album seems to break loose. Over a simple banjo pattern, Brixton builds layers of flutes, harmonicas, and percussion until the choir on the chorus bursts through in a huge way. “Daughter of the Wind” (the title track) is a slow, soft song of loss, presented sweetly and precisely, with muted bells and xylophones. “Tarot” is as close to a centerpiece as the EP has. Opening again with a catchy banjo phrase, and slowly layering strings and bells, the song features a moody verse, and a rising chorus. It must be said that, though the album features extreme precision, it never feels put-upon. The production is warm, and never strays from its simple path. “Dear Loneliness Leave Me Alone” isn’t quite the sad bastard song that the title may lead you to believe. It’s actually a little different than what precedes it, in its standard phrasing and truly catchy hook that could be on radio. Of course, it does feature an accordion prominently.

What Mr. Brixton has given us in Daughter of the Wind is an EP of what Americana could be in the twenty first century. It is presented in a modern way, complete with warmth and tone. It would be a shame for Mechanical Bird not to be a known entity in the U.S. His songs breathe, and his arrangements are truly stunning. A highest recommendation is in order.

Washington Inc Records