‘Birds of Night’
Birds of Night (self-released)
3.5 stars out of 5
Texas-based four-piece Birds of Night seem poised for bigger and better things with the release of this terrific self-titled EP. It’s the band’s third album in four years and finds frontman Andrew Rothlisberger (a name, though spelled differently, that Pittsburghers figure to appreciate), bassist Brooks Martin, drummer Jon Aisner and guitarist Alex Adams showcasing their impeccable chemistry and eclectic sound.
The seven-track, 31-minute release is a showcase for Birds of Night, who played these tunes live for more than a year before hitting the studio to record them. As such, the EP was laid down in just four days and every song is polished to perfection without being overproduced.
The one-two opening punch of “Dark” and “Love Is Stoned,” sets the tone and Birds of Night later take flight on fuzzy gem “Desert Reflections,” “Some Kind of Man” and sprawling closer “Asleep in the Pine.” This is a young band that needs to be on your radar from here on out. Trust me, folks. (Jeffrey Sisk)