Music Review: Elisa Flynn’s “Songs About Birds & Ghosts”

Songs About Birds & Ghosts

Elisa Flynn
Songs About Birds & Ghosts
(Cat in a Dress Records)

Elisa Flynn is one of the up-and-coming talents in NYC’s burgeoning anti-folk scene, but what sets her apart from the rest of her peers is an infusion in her songwriting of some of the best inclinations of the 80’s indie jangle pop scene. It’s hard to pin down distinct influences (a touch of Barbara Manning here, a taste of the Neats there), but there’s a refreshing and original gaze back to a cruelly underappreciated touchpoint in modern music. Flynn’s debut self-released long-player Songs About Birds & Ghosts kicks off with the elegant, head-nodding dirge “Timber” and then veers between exquisitely crafted ballads about long-lost friends who are “made out of dust” to uplifting numbers that are carried way-up-high by her soaring ‘n’ joyous voice (good luck trying not to sing along with some of them).  And whenever you hear Elisa Flynn sing the banjo-tinged beauty “Big Sky,” an angel doesn’t get its wings, you do.

[You can check out a few tracks from the album and buy it via Elisa’s official web site]

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/04/08 at 10:23 PM • Permalink

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