Released last year, Shining Bird‘s debut EP Shade Of The Sea turned heads. Their distinctive ‘Skitzing‘ tore through the blogosphere due to its earmarks of Nick Cave covering a Wild Nothing track. As majestic as that sounds, the track was short lived at 196 seconds.
Fast forward six months and lead singer Dane Taylor has naturally matured, along with his own falsetto. Reminiscent of George Lewis Jr. on the slower new Twin Shadow tracks.
‘Distant Dreaming‘ is the first single released for their debut LP album due out in autumn. It opens with a jangled keyboard borrowed from a never recorded Depeche Mode song, soaked in the dreamy shimmer sounds of ‘Plainsong‘ by The Cure.
After the initial 80’s clichés, Dane Taylor ponders recent relevant subject matters in Australian bushfires to oceans rising in on our land. He’s remorseful, “I know, I know, I know, I know,” and slightly bewildered as how to publicly digest these burdens. Perhaps concerned that himself and fellow Australians don’t take the issues seriously, he allows the listeners to excogitate for a minute, until they close with a gentle saxophone in the form of a recent Destroyer track, repeating “I’m caught in a distant dream”.
‘Distant Dreaming’ may be about doubting and neglecting the greater issues in society by escaping via dreams, but if Shining Bird can harvest this passion into their debut full length, I have no reason to doubt the project can’t rouse some of us from our complacency.
WORDS BY MARCUS RIMONDINI