Rare Birds (CD)


Jonathan Wilson

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Amoeba Review

02/28/2018

Jonathan Wilson might be better known for his production work than his solo career, being the go-to guy behind the boards for hip folkies such as Conor Oberst or Father John Misty, for whom he has produced every album. Still, he’s no slouch as a songwriter, either. Rare Birds is his third solo album and over the course of its 76 minutes it certainly doesn’t lack for ambition, albeit in its own, easygoing way. Coming across as a super-amalgam of breezy '70s rock such as Fleetwood Mac, Al Stewart, Steely Dan, and the mellower bits of Pink Floyd (a particularly apt comparison, as Wilson has also moonlit as the touring guitarist for Roger Waters) mixed with a New Age-minded ambiance and production, Rare Birds takes classic FM rock songwriting into otherworldly, dreamlike-places. Most of these tunes are simple folk tunes at their foundation, but through Wilson’s production are allowed to extend past their verses and choruses into a blissed out state where surreal synths and reverb-drenched atmospherics abound. The album even features a cameo by New Age music and meditation legend Laraaji, whose vocalizations are featured heavily on the audial equivalent of George Harrison unlocking his seventh chakra that is “Loving You.” Somewhere between the barefoot, crystal-peddling yogis of Silverlake and your dad’s record collection is a world that only Wilson understands. Rare Birds proves that it’s about time the rest of us crossed over.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Trafalgar Square
Jonathan Wilson 06:23
2.
Me
Jonathan Wilson 04:49
3.
Over The Midnight
Jonathan Wilson 08:15
4.
There's A Light
Jonathan Wilson 04:57
5.
Sunset Blvd.
Jonathan Wilson 05:44
6.
Rare Birds
Jonathan Wilson 05:25
7.
49 Hair Flips
Jonathan Wilson 05:11
8.
Miriam Montague
Jonathan Wilson 04:41
9.
Loving You
Jonathan Wilson 08:28
10.
Living With Myself
Jonathan Wilson 06:46
11.
Hard To Get Over
Jonathan Wilson 06:32
12.
Hi-Ho The Righteous
Jonathan Wilson 06:06
13.
Mulholland Queen
Jonathan Wilson 05:21

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