From the get-go, Bird Eyes is an album that brims with nostalgia and comfort. This is the second full studio album by the Montreal-based folk-rock band Wind Up Radio Sessions, and it doesn’t disappoint. With simple yet layered melodies, acoustic twang, and the full studio treatment, the album makes for an engaging, yet relaxed, listening experience. Each song has a regular, even pace that’s perfect for nodding your head to while you’re gathered around a fire with old friends.
Titles like “Family Bonds” and “Legally Dead” are full of warm folk sound, narrative lyrics, and ethereal sounds. “Backporch” deviates from expectations, adding synth to a chorus that gently carries the listener up and down through its melody. “To Be Alone” reminds the listener of what makes bands like Coldplay reigning favourites through the test of time, and “Caroline’s Dress” echoes with soulful melody. “Chesterfields” makes for a more uptempo tune, with a charismatic beat that insistently urges you forward to the song’s conclusion. The album wraps up with “Blades of Grass”, a song that reminds you that at their heart, Wind Up Radio Sessions are all about good folk music.
Bird Eyes is subtle and charming the first time you hear it, and it only grows more likable with the passage of time. I would definitely recommend this to any fans of folk or a nice chill rock session. You can learn more about these guys on their website, and Bird Eyes can be streamed and downloaded on BandCamp and on iTunes. Frankly, I can’t think of a better way for you to spend nine of your hard-won dollars.