Art Pop (Philadelphia)
When Drink Up Buttercup (MPMF.10 performers) split up, it apparently wasn’t the traditional “amicable” break — when three of the members regrouped to embark in a new direction, they called their band White Birds, a symbol for the end of conflict and a brighter future. Whatever happened, the Birds have flown far away from DUB’s jangly, almost Kinksian melodicism in favor of a more melancholic strain of ethereal, expansive, experimental Pop, sounding a bit like that moment in every post-Apocalypse movie when a dusty radio suddenly turns on and emits ghostly traces of what it sounded like when there were more than 12 people left on the planet.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Animal Collective via Brain Eno’s ambient soundscapes. (Mike Breen, CityBeat)