Review: ‘Tremolo Hearts’ – The Odd Birds

Following on from their 2020 EP ‘Better Days’ and after recently touring Europe, The Odd Birds have arrived with their debut, full length album ‘Tremolo Heart’. The strength of this duo is their harmonies, it’s as if the pair were born to sing together. Their original tracks draw influence from lost connections, the loneliness of the pandemic and the frustration with they describe as ‘the growing militarism of the police in the United States’. The stand out track is ‘Another One Like You’, Jennifer’s vocals take centre stage on this tune that has a sweet melody and a good fiddle part. The record also features a number of classic covers and I like the duo’s interpretation of Wichita Lineman in particular, it really suits Ron’s vocals who coincidentally has a similar tone to Glen Campbell although perhaps not quite the power of Campbell’s voice. The covers sit nicely alongside their originals, allowing us to see where they have drawn influence from and give an insight into the direction they are heading in. In summary, the record is a cohesive collection of Americana/country with beautiful harmonies, the production feels raw, unpolished but in a positive way. It is more authentic. I look forward to hearing more of what The Odd Birds have to offer. 

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