If you dig the sounds of Bjork, P.J. Harvey or Regina Spektor, I'd definitely give the song "Hushaby" by the New York-based group Railbird a hearty go. In addition to our monthly free download, OnlineRock is happy to share this treat:
Listen to "Hushaby" by Railbird by clicking here (to download, right click and save).
"Hushaby" is like a soothing lullaby on acid. Its frenetic rhythm and energetic momentum combined with the surreal tendencies of Railbird make this a song really cool find, though not something you would want to try and go to sleep to, unless you're feeling like watching the colors slide down the walls in patterns.
Railbird is the haunting and mystical voice of Sarah Pedinotti (who goes by S.K.P.) and her flock of talented multi-instrumentalists. Described as lyrically-driven, surreal, a little dark and alluding to turmoil, Railbird has been categorized as psychedelic roots, which I think is a little more accurate than "indie folk rock," though you could call them that, too. In fact, they recently played with The Roots at the Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, adding a little more funk spin to their sound.
Though I haven't listened to the whole album yet, they did just recently release their first album called No One on March 1, 2011, and that's available to stream or buy from the Railbird website. So far, be prepared to be a little ticklishly creeped out by the atmospheric and chilling audial images. The song "Kiss the Wall" evokes images of psycho killers in straight jackets quietly biding their time in a dark and empty room... Freakishly unnerving, in a good way, I think.
If you like their sound and you happen to be on the East Coast, Railbird is on tour now, and this website is actually giving away two free tickets to the show tomorrow night, July 15th, at Club Helsinki Hudson in New York.
Railbird Tour Dates
7/15 - Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki w/ Zula
7/16 - Burlington, VT @ Radio Bean, @ 8pm w/ The Rex Complex
7/20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly w/ Zula
7/23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's, w/ Lillian
8/6 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Putnam Den, @ w/ Matthew Carefully & Sgt. Dunbar
8/27 - Rest Fest, Albany, NY
Here's what the Brooklyn Vegan said of Railbird's live performance: "She was quite a sight to behold, and her lyrics – which covered nervous break downs, dreams, and haunted houses – were no less intriguing.”
If you happen to be overwhelmingly intrigued by Railbird, here is a good interview (despite some overlooked typos): Interview at Anti-Music.