“Pattern of Saturn”, Birdie’s third full length release, was recorded over the span of a year. Recorded in various Philly friends’ converted spaces from basements to bedrooms and even hijacking the local high school’s choir room for some piano additions, the result is both rootsy and inventive, bold yet intimate. Percussion goes from light-hearted carriage clip-clops to the chains of the ghost of Christmas past and guitars, both electric and acoustic, cover ground between country, classical, psychedelic, and blues without falling into the position of bland redux.
When asked about Pattern of Saturn Birdie said, “In a way, I wanted it to be a mix of blues and classical by way of melodic repetitions. One of the things I love so much about blues patterns and finger-picking is that you can kind of go in all different directions. Meanderings from these simple pathways can be so interesting and prancing but also trancey. The idea was in bringing melodic themes in and out from one song to another where it was so subtle you might not notice but you’ll feel it, that continuity and flow.”
But, like always, the stories and lyrics in the songs are just as much a focus. Subject matter ranges from Birdie taking on the voice of a Mexican dishwasher named Gabino to dealing with the modern problems of Internet password pile-up. The album title is taken from an instrumental piece that rests in the center of the recording and she included other instrumental pieces as well. It’s a broad spectrum but Birdie has always believed in our multitudes and found inspiration in gray areas and mulit-faceted emotions. The trick is how she seems to encapsulate it, as we find in writers like Neil Young and Paul Simon, in what feels like very buoyant and effortless attempts.
Put out on her own imprint Monotask Music, its her continuing effort to make music that always wanders in wonder but never wanders from her hopes to keep creating music that is of her voice. It’s music that grows with repeated listens and shows you different things in different moments, with words that can strike too close to home and melodies that never wear out.
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Charterhouse Music Group
released 23 September 2009
Produced by W. Craig Hendrix
Additional production and “Passwords” produced by Devin Greenwood
Recorded at Juniper Studio Doylestown PA, Todd Schied’s
Five Tails Studios in Wassergass, PA, Honey Jar in South Philly, PA and piano recorded at Central Bucks West High School Doylestown, PA.
All songs written by Emily Birdie Busch except Penny Arcade, Passwords, and Two Cents (Busch/Erk)
Pattern of Saturn (Busch,Erk,Bellenoit,Hendrix)
Copyright 2009 Maltese Rooster (ASCAP)
Birdie Busch: lead vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, percussion
Todd Erk: electric bass, upright bass, acoustic guitar, percussion
Ross Bellenoit: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel, toy accordion, organ, drums,
bass, backup vocals
W. Craig Hendrix: drums , piano , organ, percussion, backup vocals
Devin Greenwood: organ, wurlitzer ,castanets, toy piano, chimey, backup vocals
Alison Dilworth: backup vocals
All songs mixed by Devin Greenwood except songs 6,8,10,11 mixed by Bill Moriarty at American Diamond Studios Philadelphia, PA
Mastered by Mike Newman in Lancaster, PA
To Craig, for helping see this come to life by dedicating tons of time and skills!
Covas for graciously giving us the space to stretch out in D-town. Todd Schied for all your help at the B.B. gun retreat. Bill Moriarty for your mixing contributions. Joseph Ohrt for letting us back into high school. Devin for your continued dedication to our music. Fred Morgan for your generosity and support. John Ormsby for your pact with the universe. Biff Kennedy for your unwavering enthusiasm and fresh ears for both mine and others music! World Café Live for letting me keep an erratic schedule. XPN for spreading the word about the bird. Mom and Dad for your love. Toots for the shoulder to lean on and the positivity that keeps me strong. Angela and Carl for your cove and creativity. All our friends, families,fans and folks who let us stay with them on the road, you encourage us to keep keeping on with our music…you’re support is a treasure.
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