You know what they say about birds of a wooden feather

No confirmation about whether or not they came up with their name while shooting clay pigeons

No confirmation about whether or not they came up with their name while shooting clay pigeons

Another member for the Overachievement Society, Musical Chapter: Andrew Kenny once played with The American Analog Set, a band I thought of as almost too ambient for my taste but sorely underappreciated in spite of that. More recently, Kenny has worked with Broken Social Scene and the Album Leaf in addition to forming his own group, the Wooden Birds. The founder’s much-publicized move back to Austin, TX from Brooklyn reflects itself in his latest project. The Wooden Birds’ music would not sound out of place flowing from your car stereo as you cruise past an endless field under a swollen moon. You’re alone, or with a person you’re so comfortable with that you hardly need to talk. If you’re with somebody else, your sparse conversational interactions tend to revolve around your vapid co-workers, Elliott Smith, and the notion that one can never reconcile an artist’s lifestyle with happiness. The atmosphere between you and your driving companion is intimate but not exactly content. The air is teeming with possibilities and ghosts and ghostly possibilities. And you’re both kind of relieved that you’re laying light on the gas pedal because the breeze is cool, the night is pretty, and the only thing waiting for you at home is a cheap six-pack and the prospect of another day of mindless drudgery.

I’ve never claimed to live in Texas. I have no idea how Texans roll by night. This is all speculation. But, with the Wooden Birds getting press from NPR, Pitchfork, and Spin, the chances of some restless driver zoning out to their music is quite high.

The Wooden Birds will play at the Doug Fir today, June 3. Other Lives will also play.

  • Wooden Birds ~ Magnolia ~ Barsuk

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