Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Pop with some ectronica touches
Most recent release, Have No Fear (EP, 2008)
Bird York's site
Portishead, Imogen Heap, Fiona Apple
Own and co-written
The beats and programming aren't the basis of these songs—they're mostly more acoustic-based than that (well, and electric guitar). Vocally Bird York's deep voice is more Fiona Apple than anything, though the style of song is not Fiona Apple's. It's more mainstream pop than that—classic-feeling pop songs. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
1999—Blissed Out Records—73212
See website for availability
Bird/Kathleen York—vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, rhythm guitar
Jamie Muhoberac—keyboards, bass, programming, sounds
Kathleen York, Jamie Muhoberac, Marc Schuman, John Flannery, Larry Klein, Thom Russo
I've listened to it a few dozen times. I really like it. It's got an edgy, almost-rock quality, interesting songs and a pretty distinct sound. (neal)
the velvet hour
2003—Blissed Out Records—82572
See website for availability
Recommended for pop fans
Bird York—vocals, squeeze box
Michael Becker—keyboards, bass, guitars, strings, programming, piano, drum
Bird York, Michael Becker, Larry Klein, John Flannery, Thom Russo, Peter Fox
This one doesn't quite have the magic for me that Bird does. It even repeats a couple of songs from Bird, and at least for "Wide Open" I prefer the earlier version. The new songs are more pop and just don't have quite the edge as those from the first album. Still, anyone who like the first one will probably like this, and her vocals are still as interesting and powerful. (Neile)
Wicked Little High
2006—Blissed Out Records/Narada—09463-54128-2-6
Bird York—vocals, gopichand, acoustic and electric guitars, drum programming, squeeze box
Rick Musallam—guitars, bass
Thom Russo, Larry Klein
If you like the song "Save Me" on Bird York's debut album, you'll like Wicked Little High on which it reappears. The overall feel of the album is similar to the dark sound of her debut, but smoothed and polished. Some people might find it a little generic, but I personally don't miss the rough edges to her voice and find it a solid, relaxing listen. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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