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Yellowbirds 7/22/11 + Video

Yellowbirds 7/22/11 facebook.com/YellowbirdsMusic / Marie Bett
Written by James Kaegel
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  • Date Recorded: July 22, 2011
  • Artist / Band: Yellowbirds
  • Hosting Show: Trip Inside This House
  • Sound: Jon Valley
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

It was the canary in the coal mine that let miners know it was safe to be underground. The tiny yellow bird, known for its song, signaled that the atmosphere was safe to breathe.

Yellowbirds, the brain child of guitarist and singer-songwriter Sam Cohen, seem to occupy a similar position. In the hostile environment of an unfriendly world, they sing a cautiously happy song.

Gently lilting pop with a melancholy edge explodes into majestic soundscapes, surging with hope and lifting the listener out of the gray day-to-day into a sparkling landscape of surreal Technicolor. Yellowbirds' musical spectrum can transform an empty cornfield into a dizzying kaleidoscope of lights and sounds.

Cohen, now based in New York, was part of the Boston trio, Apollo Sunshine. Yellowbirds were formed in 2009 and this year released the debut album The Color. The music draws comparisons to the psychedelic sound of the Beatles, ELO, the Flaming Lips and even They Might Be Giants.

Yellowbirds appeared in St. Loius on July 22 at Off Broadway, opening for Josh Ritter.

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