RAY GUNS ARE NOT JUST THE FUTURE
Ret•ro \re-trõ\adj + In•die \in-dê\adj + pop \päp\n
For most The Bird and the Bee probably came flitting and buzzing into consciousness thanks to their playfully aggressive single “Fucking Boyfriend” (especially after Peaches got her hands on the track for her dancefloor primmed electro remix). Comprised of increasingly ever-present producer Greg Kurstin and his charmingly stylish “bird”, vocalist Inara George, the duo made a decent little name for themselves back in 2007. Since, Kurstin has steadily been making a name for himself as the studio wiz behind Lily Allen’s forthcoming album, not to mention for his moonlighting on tracks for Brittney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Beck, and The Flaming Lips. Now at the helm of The Bird and the Bee’s sophomore effort, Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future, Kurstin pushes their retro informed sound into more refined territory. Embracing a kind of post modern amalgamation of lush 60’s pop, indie rock guitar riffs, and spy-themed lounge electronica B&B’s songs all enjoy a space age sheen that is as much 21st century studio dexterity as it is a musical embodiment of 70’s sci-fi movies à la Solaris or the likeness recreated in brother Coppola’s CQ. All in all it’s quite colorful scenery for Inara George to brighten things even further with her sugar sweet vocals and cheeky references to pop culture of this generation and the last. Covering subject matter as disparate as David Lee Roth and Dance Dance Revolution Ray Guns jumps from pure indie pop romance to twinkling upbeat electronica while George purrs about politeness at the club, childhood rock star crushes, and those same fucking boyfriends. Thanks to a few well-done photo shoots Bird and the Bee have also extended their style ‘beyond the page’ so to speak adding, for George, a look that will leave high end vintage hipstresses in a jealous rage, and, for Kurstin, a look as if James Bond had spent more time with psychedelic drugs than any of his movies actually let on. What’s the ultimate result of all this music and motif? An endlessly amusing listen and a band whose style cues you might actually consider working into your personal wardrobe.
- Joshua P. Ferguson