If one were to imagine all the most intriguing and atmospheric aspects of The Smiths, U2 and Pink Floyd all presented through the representative lens of fuzz-driven shoegaze they would be close to an idea of the sonic landscape of this full-length from BirdPen.
There’s Something Wrong With Everything is an album built on simple concepts tastefully layered on top of one another to allow song after song to blend into each other. More than a nod to early Pink Floyd here is certainly clear, yet this influence remains just that, allowing the album a voice and story of it’s own.
The cover image is indicative of the sense of the whole album. Bleak imagery and a few tongue-in-cheek “upbeat” numbers – So Happy Nowespecially – paint a picture of a world full of dead eyed, brainwashed individuals being led by machines and specially constructed pre-approved messages. Not surprisingly this isn’t too difficult to imagine. A few key moments of relief and of hope are dotted throughout the, such as the plaintive and mostly acoustic Good News, whichyearns for that after which it was named.
If the songs from the album can be recreated convincingly live then BirdPen will be a truly remarkable thing to witness. The listener is steadily drawn into each song instrument by instrument, layer by layer, and the nature of the songs themselves is such that something new can be discovered on every subsequent listen through the album. As with some other great concept albums, it can be tricky sometimes to tell where one song ends and the next begins, leading the listener down intricate and wildly atmospheric paths. Drum machines, synthesisers, heavy fuzz and effects on the guitars and falsetto vocals are just some of the techniques BirdPen have employed to build their sonic stories. Though the songs themselves are different from one another in terms of their structure and lyricism, there is a consistency of style throughout. This album is best listened to when the time is available to hear the whole thing as the single piece that was intended.
There’s Something Wrong With Everything was released 12th October 2018
- This Is Your Life
- There’s Something Wrong With Everything
- Eyes In The Sky
- Easy Life
- Star of the Half – Time Show
- The End Is On Tv
- Oh So Happy
- Good News
- Natural Rewards