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Emerging Artists: The Bird and the Bee by carlywolkoff
March 6, 2009, 10:35 am
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Last week, before performing “Love Letter to Japan” on Ellen DeGeneres, the talk show host introduced The Bird and the Bee by asserting, “Well, you can’t watch a movie or a TV show these days without hearing the music of our next guest.” This couldn’t be more accurate—recently, The Bird and the Bee’s music has soundtracked Grey’s Anatomy and Sex and the City: The Movie, and in the last month alone, they’ve been taking the talk-show circuit by storm. If history serves, this clever use of the media could very well lead The Bird and the Bee to global domination.

The Bird and the Bee is comprised of duo Greg Kurstin and Inara George—a musical Bonnie & Clyde. Inara’s vocals combined with Greg’s instrumental skills make for “a futuristic 1960’s American film set in Brazil.” Well, according to their MySpace page. Inara is definitely channeling this futuristic Twiggy aura with both her voice and style akin to another time. And Greg’s instrumental expertise propels this sound with his breezy, hypnotic melodies, which magically mesh with Inara’s hauntingly angelic vocals.  Their rendition of Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” epitomizes the brilliancy resulting from the union of two sounds flawlessly coinciding.

Their latest album, Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future was released in January and I would urge you to give it a listen. And their mesmerizing performance of “Love Letter to Japan” on Ellen just substantiates the fact that their live performance is not at all second to their recordings.  So, if you’re near NYC over break, I’d suggest seeing them at Carnegie Hall on March 7th.

-Carly Wolkoff

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