Fans of indie popster The Bird and the Bee, should take a note from the release of Capades from Obi Best, featuring Bird & Bee member Alex Lilly. The album was released digitally only yesterday (August 25th), but reading their official website, it looks like there will be a limited number of physical CDs that's only available at their live shows.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, they are playing at the end of the month on August 31st for their CD release party at Tangier with fellow LA-acts, I Make This Sound, Alex & Sam, Vosotros.
The rest of the band consists of music veterans: Bram Inscore (Beck, Peeping Tom, Jem), John Wood (Inara George, Mike Andrews), and drummer Barbara Gruska (Jenny Lewis, Benji Hughes).
I have to say that I really love Lilly's voice, which comes off as sounding a little bit like Feist or Jenny Lewis/Rilo Kiley, but less alt-country. The music is a mix of traditional with electronica elements. Lots of beeps and quirks, but not distracting from Lilly's clear vocals, this is especially evident on "Days Of Decadence" and "Green And White Stripes". "Green" is my favorite song off the album with the singing carrying most of the song.
I also really dig "It's Because Of People Like You", which ends with a humorous "an angry note was on my car this afternoon, it's because of people like you". "Origami" features a male harmonizing backdrop which is a nice change of pace from Lilly's sweet voice. Also be sure to check out "Swedish Boy", which is like a song written for Sweden from a perspective of Japan - at least the melody made me think of Toyko.
Fans of Bird and the Bee will probably not replace them with Obi Best, but Obi Best will make a nice companion for their collection. Capades is available now at most digital music sellers (iTunes and Amazon) from Social Science Records.
If you sign up for their record label's mailing list, they will enter you into a contest to give away some of Obi Best's favorite albums, which includes one of my favorite artist, Pizzicato Five.
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