FaltyDL chooses to start Blueberry Records with an EP from a complete unknown, which should say a lot about Brrd. But his debut EP, the 13-track Towers/Anointing, says a whole lot more about him. A shambles in the best sense of the word, the release portrays the producer as a restless artist capable of casual brilliance, as he jumps from one makeshift collage to the next.
Brrd has a rough-and-tumble approach to the way he manipulates samples. The first half of the EP is focused around jazzy instrumentals, bursting to life with the buoyant beats of "SCOCJ." It seems like he sources his sounds from dusty jazz and soul records, which can be vibrant or lo-fi, as on the half-cut lullaby "Fuck Bon Jovi," or sometimes both at once. The flipside has a preoccupation with vocals. It kicks off with "Anointing," where a soulful voice provides a focal point amidst warbly piano and a fervent preacher. These human snippets tend to jut out of his stew of mangled smooth jazz. On "Blood Oath" and the tender "Wake Up And I'm 45," it sounds like he's using a crude pitch bender of some cheap keyboard, running samples fast and slow in real time. It's yet another layer of disorientation on an EP that's all smoke and mirrors with a pleasant perfumed haze.
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Tracklist: Brrd - Towers / Anointing A1 Embrace!
A5 Fuck Bon Jovi (SLF)
A6 The Academy Pt 1
B2 Wake Up and I'm 45
B3 Youth Group
B4 Erase My Future
B6 Blood Oath 2
B7 When I Get To The Pearly Gates Saint Peter Will Sing Me This Song