This London-based multi-instrumentalist has incorporated a plethora of stylistic genres to create an androgynous electro-pop album that is strangely hard to look away. The album sometimes tends to sound a little on the Industrial side while other times you get flashbacks of New Wave, ‘90s Brit-Pop, and foresights into Urban Future Pop. When it all comes together, it creates a stability brought on by Bird’s talent to genre-bend without a flaw.
For someone to come up with all the instrumentation on their own to this capacity and to still be able to belt out vocals like this is impressive. “Girl Can’t Decide” takes you down the rabbit hole and has you twitching with estranged orchestration set to ‘90s style girl pop. But “Thrill Me” takes you even further inward and a wondrous transcendental electro fantasy. You can picture Bird easily open for Duran Duran and please their fans with this song.
“Stereotype” may play more into the cliched pop or maybe it is the psychological mantra of the song itself, but it builds up to have the potential of being a mainstream hit as catchy as it seems. And like any grand rock or pop album of yor, there is the atypical ballad. For Bird, it’s “Love Love Love,” and a sincere melancholy look at life from both the past and future. It falls into “Drink Drink Drink,” and a mysterious dive into a darkness not felt from previous songs. It makes you wonder how this album will end up.
There is spunk to Bird’s lustre, and it builds a persistence that feels confident, creative and exploratory. She is able to warp time and space together into a decorative comfort that will please the ears.