LADY & BIRD
Lady & Bird Yellow Tangerine ★★★
A collaboration between French singer-songwriter Keren Ann (responsible for last year’s enchanting Nolita album) and Icelandic musician Bardi Johannson (from Bang Gang), Lady & Bird has more sparkle than a bottle of fizzy water. The album, billed as “a children’s story for adults”, is awash with childlike fables, bittersweet lullabies and mischievous fairies. The delicate, soporific crooning of Do What I Do sets the tone, a mood taken up by trippy, soft-focused covers of The Velvet Underground’s Stephanie Says and Suicide Is Painless from M*A*S*H. Yet there are hints of other paths that could have been taken on the likes of Shepherd’s Song, where the jarring notes and discordant, creepy guitars are more nightmarish than dreamlike. But Lady & Bird prefer to take a mellower journey and, while the harmonies are sometimes a little too sugary, the outcome is overwhelmingly heart-warming.