Blackbird Blackbird – ‘Boracay Planet’
It feels like Blackbird Blackbird has been making music just about as long as most of us have been writing about it. He was one of the first artists I really connected to in this world of DIY and underground music. Not just because of his music, but because of his pure DIY approach at music making. For the past few years, Mikey has acted as artist, manager, publicist, and often distributor. And, it’s worked out pretty well for him so far.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen an official release from Blackbird Blackbird, though. Which makes it all the more exciting that his new EP, Boracay Planet, out on Lavish Habit October 16, is streaming in full below, thanks to Hype Machine. Its evolution is evident, featuring a matured version of his bubbling summery tones, with a newly honed and mastered traditional indie-pop sound, plenty full of guitar and infectious synth.
Mikey was kind enough to share with us some insight behind the new EP. Read what he had to say and stream Boracay Planet below:
Really happy to share my sophomore EP ‘Boracay Planet’. This EP has been my little baby from the start. Since the start of 2011, I’ve nurtured it to become something close to a fully formed work of music. It is, the first official Blackbird Blackbird release in a couple years now, and, I hope, a smooth evolution of 2010′s ‘Summer Heart’.
Only NOW have I actually started to take my music seriously, being very nit-picky in my choice of tone, instrumentation, and structure. I was listening to lots of The Smiths, Grizzly Bear, Battles, My Bloody Valentine, and countless types of music when I wrote these songs. So there are tons of different influences and inspirations to draw from each song; I find it hard to even really pin the EP down to a specific genre or one-word tell-all. But if I had to call it something I’d called it something like dreamy folktronica or post-pop. There is a real focus on organic versus digital instrumentation, as I include a lot of guitar layered over synths and visually patterned ambiance blending warm tones with clear vocals and anthemic melodies.
Well, I can’t really speak for the music, so I’ll let the music speak for itself!
Hope you enjoy!