Desert Magic – “Can You Be Like a Bird?”


Los Angeles-based collective Desert Magic unveil a gorgeously hypnotic folk enamoring on new single “Can You Be Like a Bird?” — emitting a free-spirited glow aptly reflective of its nature-friendly soundscape. The hermit thrush bird makes a stirring appearance with its lovely chirping, set amidst a range of comforting upright bass and trickling guitar twangs.

The “piercing right through the cosmos,” arrival proves especially impactful, concluding the track with gentle composure following an array of orchestral snippets and bird-chirping ambience; “Can You Be Like a Bird?” proves inviting and replay-inducing in its serenely enchanting production.

The project elaborates further:

“Can You Be Like A Bird?” features an unlikely soloist: the hermit thrush, a small, unassuming bird whose dual vocal tracts allow it to harmonize with itself and whose songs align with the harmonic series. The second half of the track features a resonator guitar solo by Alex Wand doubling a field recording of the bird’s song, backed by Brock Stuessi’s deep, flowing bowed upright bass and Logan Hone’s gentle piano melody.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Folk.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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