Album Review: Birdsong At Morning – Annals of My Glass House
Birdsong At Morning
Annals of My Glass House
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Record Label: Blue Gentian Records
Seasoned musicians and songwriters, life has taken the members of the Massachusetts-based trio Birdsong At Morning (Alan Williams, Darleen Wilson, and Greg Porter) on life’s varied paths, but now finds them returning to their passion for music. Over the past couple years, in a seemingly prolific frenzy, the band released four EPs, which are now being offered as a complete box set. This deluxe box set, Annals of My Glass House, includes remasters of the band’s four recordings (Bound, Heavens, Vigil, and Lumens), with a 48-page book featuring lyrics and photos, and illuminating essays by band leader Alan Williams. The set’s twenty-five songs totals two hours of music.
Simple and lush, delicate and powerful, Birdsong At Morning’s music incorporates layers of acoustic guitars, bass, percussion, and strings with Williams’ vocals stitching together a binding melody above it all. The music is refreshing, not emulating a sound or feel, because it naturally takes its own form. Beautiful and demure, artful but never pretentious.