The album is available for pre-order now. Those who pre-order will receive instant downloads of “Los Angeles”, “Will You Dance?” and “Recreational Love.”
The bandwill be performing at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on July 12th. They will also host a special album release show in New York City on July 17th at Webster Hall.
Recreational Love came to life over a half-decade of songwriting and recording. “We didn’t mean to take so long but life ended up getting in the way, in a great way,” says vocalist Inara George, who formed the duo with multi-instrumentalistGreg Kurstinin 2005. In the midst of pursuing other projects — George also sings in the indie-folk supergroup theLiving Sisters, Kurstin’s a Grammy Award-nominated producer who’s recently worked withSia,Lykke Li, andCharli XCX— the two met most Friday mornings at Kurstin’s studio to dream up their latest batch of finely textured retro-pop. With a hint of R&B adding some warm grooves this time around, Recreational Love captures the easy intimacy of their collaboration and lets listeners slip into the band’s own charmed and secret world.
Though it’s The Bird and the Bee’s first album of original material since Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future (a 2009 release that the A.V. Club praised for its “exploration of carefree, happy-making music”), Recreational Love perhaps more closely follows their 2010 album Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates. At turns sophisticated and sweetly off-kilter, dreamlike and dance-ready, the forthcoming albumstrips away the densely layered sound of The Bird and the Bee’s earlier efforts to let their silky-smooth melodies shine through.
July 12 Los Angeles, CA @ Theatre at Ace Hotel
July 17 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Praise for The Bird and the Bee:
“Building crisp pop imbibements that can stand up to several listens is no easy task, but the bird and the bee has found the trick.” – Los Angeles Times
“The bird and the bee remain one of the most buzz-worthy acts around… truly irresistible, On the follow-up to their delightful, self-titled debut, the bird and the bee increase the funk quotient a bit, but otherwise stick to their musical blueprint, a psychedelic-sounding mixture of pop and jazz that has become their trademark. And for that, we are thankful. George’s demure, syrupy-sweet vocals sound more playful than ever against an even more eclectic musical backdrop by Kurstin.” – Associated Press
“Ms. George inhabits a world of immaculate vintage styling and cunning calculation… the group’s arsenal reflects a fondness for late-1960s psychedelic pop and Brazilian Tropicalia. Mr. Kurstin accesses those allusions with a wink, mixing in shimmering electronics, atmospheric noise and layer upon layer of Ms. George’s breathy vocals.” – The New York Times
“There is something undeniably charming about the bird and the bee…” – The Boston Globe
“[the bird and the bee] ticktocks through space and time (tropicalia, cabaret, hand-clapping Harajuka-girl beats) with an urgency… Cheeky modernity hides beneath every glistening throwback.” – Entertainment Weekly
“Inara George maintains her ethereality and innocence, even as Greg Kurstin percolates and collages influences for a disorienting amalgam that is pure, lo-fi deliciousness.” – American Songwriter
pre-order now, you get an instant downloads of “Los Angeles”, “Will You Dance?” and “Recreational Love”