The Bird And The Bee
Multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin and doe-eyed vocalist Inara George draw upon a mutual fondness for jazz standards and '60s tropicalia to deliver the stylish indie pop tones of the Bird and the Bee. The two musicians were introduced in 2005 by mutual friend Mike Andrews, whom George had enlisted to produce her solo debut, All Rise. Needing someone to contribute piano to several tracks, Andrews called upon Kurstin, who had studied under renowned jazz pianist Jaki Byard during his college years. George and Kurstin soon found themselves spending hours together in the studio, where a shared interest in jazz-based music -- something that George hadn't explored much on All Rise -- helped lay the foundation for the Bird and the Bee.
Apart from Kurstin's work with Byard, neither musician had done much with jazz or tropicalia before. Kurstin had previously contributed keyboards to selections by Beck, and his production credits included work with the Flaming Lips, Peaches, and Lily Allen (with whom the Bird and the Bee would later tour). On the other hand, George -- the daughter of Little Feat's Lowell George -- had pursued work as a Shakespearean actress before forming the post-grunge band Lode and subsequently embarking on a solo career. Both George and Kurstin began to explore new sounds and textures in Kurstin's studio in Echo Park, CA, eventually composing enough sun-kissed material for their debut EP, Again and Again and Again and Again, which arrived in late October 2006. The Bird and the Bee's self-titled LP was released the following year by Blue Note Records, spawning a number one hit on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart with a remix of the sassy "Fucking Boyfriend." After enjoying positive press from such outlets as NPR (which even aired one of the duo's performances from Washington, D.C.), the pair returned to the studio. Please Clap Your Hands, a five-song EP featuring a cover of the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love," arrived in September 2007, and the duo heralded its release by joining indie pop act Rilo Kiley on a fall tour.
At February 12th, The Bird And The Bee digitally released Too Many Hearts EP. A four-song Valentine's Day EP featuring three new songs - "Birthday", "Last Day Of Our Love" & "Come As You Are" - with music by Greg Kurstin & Inara George's trademark lyrics, sung sweetly but laced with her wry observation on love found and lost. Inara also sings a duet with Gus Seyffert on "Tonight You Belong to Me," a 1920s song performed by Bernadette Peters and Steve Martin in the 1979 film The Jerk. Recommended!
The Bird And The Bee - Birthday
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The Bird And The Bee - Again & Again
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