We Are Birds cité dans Citizen Jazz magazine

An emancipated Pop that remains elusive

"No Return" as quoted in Citizen Jazz

First published in Citizen Jazz [in French] by Raphaël Benoît  —thank you for this review 🙂

The album begins with a psychedelic introduction, a heady melody, announcing the journey with no return that we are promised. Then a mid-tempo rhythm comes in, and we're immediately stopped by the sound turn that this record is already taking. The massive production impresses. The love at first sight between the trio and the producer Ulrich Yul Edorh has never been a secret, and it can be heard.

We're not gonna lie to each other, "No Return" is a pop album. But an emancipated pop, which has managed to escape from a formatted straitjacket, and which now remains elusive. The music suggests an encounter between Coldplay and E.S.T, but the comparison alone can't sum up "No Return", which flirts with a certain melancholy without ever imposing it. The images and influences scroll by at full speed and as soon as they are identified, they are already obsolete. We have often seen jazz musicians taking up pop songs. We Are Birds is not in this register. It's pop that is improvised with easy melodies over complex structures.

In terms of atmosphere, Africa in northern terrain twists the space and gives height to the images that the music distills. In any case, we are in the heart of a predominant nature. The cover shows us the trio covered with earth, this clay that shapes man and elegantly reveals his only humanity. Sprinkled with encounters along the way, the music is universal and it would be very difficult to give it a nationality.

It's hard to remain in awe before this album of great depth where there isn't an aspect that doesn't abound with flourishing images. Several readings are possible with "No Return", but perhaps the most telling image would be that of a perpetual spring.


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