Premiere: Bird City – ‘Winnowing’

Grayowl Point

winnowingIf you’re familiar with thoughtful and witty songwriting, chances are you’ve heard something from Jenny Mitchell, be it her projects (Jenny Omnichord, The Barmitzvah Brothers) or her collaborations with other great acts like The Burning Hell.

Bird City is a different beast than Mitchell’s past projects. The songs on Winnowing are a product of 15 years of writing different kinds of songs written for banjo and tenor guitar. Though the sound is different, Mitchell still has an incredible eye for detail. The images in “A Band End,” for example, are amazing, from “drummers in the mist” to “the keyboards took flight.” In “Hours,” Mitchell muses on the untold amount of time we spend by ourselves, lost in our own thoughts. “Ticket to the Show” is about the haze and chaos of attending a show and going to an “intermission party.” You can feel the confusion, claustrophobia and even nostalgia in…

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