This Bird article was written by Adam Jones, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Gavin Wells
Janie Prince, better known by her stage name Bird, is preparing to release her third studio album ‘Figments of Our Imagination’ in the UK this October. Having already been released in America, the follow up to 2009’s ‘Girl and a Cello’ sees a very subtle shift in direction for the Indie singer-songwriter. Moving away somewhat from her earlier work, ‘Figments of Our Imagination’ is a more electronically-infused outfit. Whilst she still incorporates her signature Cello-based sound, this album adds a more electronic-feel to this multi-instrumentalist’s unique style.
At just over 35 minutes in length, the 10 tracks of ‘Figments of Our Imagination’ blend together to create a chilled and relaxed listening experience. Reminiscent of Sia and the earlier music of Ellie Goulding, what shines through on this album – and what makes her stand out as a recording artist – is Bird’s impressive instrumentation. From the opening beats of ‘Girl Can’t Decide’ to the closing notes of ‘Think So’, we see Bird employ an array of instruments in a range of different ways that creates a new sound all of her own.
Although some tracks in the centre of the record can fade somewhat into background music, tracks like ‘Small Town’ and ‘Girl Can’t Decide’ are catchy tunes that make the listener sit up and pay attention. The darker sound and sentiment of ‘Dare’ (and its accompanying music video) is another highlight and shows Bird’s more mellow side, and the catchy closer ‘Think So’ concludes the album in a positive and upbeat way.
The album incorporates a range of different genres, blending Alternative, Pop, Electronic and Folk influences. The result is an intriguing set of songs that highlights Bird’s seemingly innate musical ear and ethereal voice. Aurally quite upbeat, these 10 songs carry the listener along and the mixture of melodies and instruments draw them into this interesting set of songs that will grow on you the more you listen to it. ‘Figments of Our Imagination’ is a solid album from a talented instrumentalist and vocalist, who is perfect for anyone interested in an Alternative, Electronic-infused sound.
‘Figments of Our Imagination’ is out in the UK on the 9th October via Pop Fiction.