At some point in our maturing as people, we all faintly bequeathed this moment of life in which, after the intrinsic rebellion of youth, we realize that yes, we resemble our parents more than we would like to accept. This Fact, as a redeemed super-guilty criminal, allows us to breathe easy and realize that we are more than ever: we keep as a treasure the essence that has made us, but we sophisticate it: we take it to our side.
We intuit that he has done unconsciously (as he grows), but The Bird Yellow brings out new music and we noticed this reflective exercise. Three songs (“My Matador” “Slippin” and 1 more coming out soon) produced by the young TomTom Records and that talk of the artist who is in these moments in life.
The Barcelona’s Gerard Vidal Barrena (1995) reflected in his first album Little kids (Delirics, 2018) about the internal conflict that involves the passage to adulthood. Well, now, with the new music, it no longer places the point of view of who speaks to us in this jovial stage, now we listen to an adult with the temperance of who is comfortable with what he does. The most surprising of all is just this: comfort, which is so extreme that we can chew it when we hear these new releases.
If with what was a first album we all think that it was from a consecrated musician (we still don’t know where he found so much maturity), now we listen to the music of an artist who has already had enough perspective and journey to carefully scrub what he wants be in musical terms, enough talent to know how to capture these singles that will come out and calm enough to cook them. From that first inexplicable maturity, it shows us an imposing security on time.
The Bird Yellow has found its place and its way of doing, yes, but it has not accommodated, and growth has made evolution. There are only 3 songs that he will bring out, but in them we will listen from effects and vocal records that he had not explored until now, to synthesizers that provide his music with a very clean class. The total modernization of the product is achieved with production (by TomTom Records), which is the cherry on the cake, with drums and voices processed in an eighties disco key that give the songs an urban touch that the most demanding ears want in 2020. All that makes us think that Gerard has added new names in his music library like Parcels or Frank Ocean, which keep company with some who have always been, such as Nick Cave or PJ Harvey.
From now on, all we can do is imagine it in the concerts (the strong point of the artist) singing with that firm and transcendent pose, with the ease of who is comfortable, listening to how their concerts are heard: as if our monitor in summer camps, all in absolute silence around a bonfire.