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Polydor Records

Released: 17.1.15

More information on The Bird and the Bee’s official website

The Bird & The Bee are, like She & Him, a superstar American indie experiment. Inara George is the daughter of rock legend Lowell, and had the big label push a few years back, while Greg Kurstin is a pop producer with some pedigree, having worked with Kylie Minogue, Little Boots, Ladyhawke, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Beck.

Recreational Love is a pop album that, while completely contemporary, glances sideways at sixties lounge, eighties chart pop, and the softer end of the Prince canon. On Young & Dumb there are squeaks, pops and gated drums, handclaps and splashes of avant piano. It’s rather wonderful, George’s voice slightly off-key and sensually distracted.

George’s vocal style is pop-lite throughout – this is a late night album rather than a party banger – but on Jenny she takes a convincing stab at Stock Aitken Waterman, while Doctor has hints of Rick James and We’re Coming to You references Trevor Horn’s work with Dollar.

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