With their new LP Murmurations Volume 1, Colorado acoustic visionaries Birds of Play have crafted a work for the ages. Infused with the soul of their wide-skyed homeland, the record breaths the language of desert canyons, raging rivers, rocky mountaintops. Yet, it is a humble piece of art, born of a profound love of their craft, and offered freely to those who might find solace within its filigreed countermelodies.
Burnished strings sign sweetly to the burbling bass, buoyed by the bright sparkle of fresh bronze ringing over worn wood. Alex Paul (guitar, mandolin, vocals, songwriting) delivers his meditations upon the human condition in rough-hewn voice laced with wood-smoke and whiskey, the earnest lyricism speaking straight to the center of our shared humanity. Whether tipping their cap to Baroque British folk or indulging in languid sweetness of woozy blues, Murmurations Volume 1 rings true as classic from the canon of folk music.
“We are multi-instrumentalists, songwriters, community members, adventurers and the dearest of friends” says Paul “Our musicality seeks to weave together a unique tapestry of melodic touchstones into a blend of humor, honesty, vulnerability, and harmony. Our mission is to use our music and platform to uplift as many humans as possible while making this world a kinder, gentler, more loving place.”