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Babybird: Photosynthesis - Album review

It's dark and beautiful; it's strange and melodic; it's not what you expected.

That's how the latest album from '90s throwback Babybird, driven by songwriter Stephen Jones, has been described.

If you're wondering why you know the name Babybird, it's because the outfit is behind the huge hit 'You're Gorgeous' from 1996.

Babybird. Image courtesy of Sonic PR (14970642)
Babybird. Image courtesy of Sonic PR (14970642)

This new album, arriving just months after the band's critically acclaimed 'Happy Stupid Nothing' compilation, is something all together different.

The blurb accompanying the promo for this new release acknowledges the fact that many people weren't aware that Jones was even still making music.

But throughout the decade the artist has been quietly building himself a reputation as one of the music world's most prolific artists, it's said.

This album is as far away from the sounds of 'You're Gorgeous' as you can imagine. While that was a happy, if yet ironic, pop single then Photosynthesis takes you on a dark and moody journey with dreamscape vibes.

Expect to hear gentle piano played over atmospheric synths and soothing, yet progressive percussion.

The album is out on August 16.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall

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