Bio

Majestic, slo-mo & acoustic, Dirtbird hail from central Victoria. They combine lush harmonies with a sparse acoustic guitar and a soaring cello . The dark, visionary songs they conjure from the ether are slightly unsettling and truly unique. Influences range from Neil Young to Low and Gillian Welch, but their ethereal warmth and sheer otherworldliness is all their own. Dirtbird features the "whisper-to-a-roar" vocals and understated guitar work of songwriter David M. Lewis (longstanding member of acoustic band The Bedridden) with the assured, countrified vocals of Victoria Moss. Dirtbird has been playing since 2002, and has shared the stage with bands such as The Mammals, Machine Translations, Epicure, Sime Nugent, Clare Bowditch and The Yearlings. They have played in pubs, folk clubs, music halls and festivals throughout Australia. Dirtbird have recorded four albums, High Water Dover (2004), White Horse Road (2007), Cathedral (2008), and The Traveller (2009) (available through CDbaby). All four albums have differing lineups, but retain the trademark harmonies and slow purity that have come to characterize the Dirtbird sound. The Traveller, Dirtbird's most recent album, was recorded and produced by Kramer, who has worked with such luminaries as Low, Bonnie Prince Billie, Royal Trux, Galaxie 500 and John Spencer. The record heralds a significant shift in the minimalism of the Dirtbird sound, with drums and double bass playing a more prominent role, as well as the famous shimmering Kramer production. Some quotes about Dirtbird: "Haunting music from another world, another time. It makes me dream when I am awake." - Robyn Chalklen (The Yearlings). "Conveys the imagery and feel of a journey both physical and mystical" - Chris Lambie, Forte Magazine, Geelong. "Spooky slow and dark stuff. Mystery music." - Beat Magazine, Melbourne. "Dirtbird have come up with a beautiful album of country / blues / slow-rock magic that is a gemstone in the musical rubble." - Anto Macaroni, The Old Bar Catalogue, Melbourne. "Gorgeously smooth...honest and ragged...deserves many a considered listen." - Steve Jones, dB Magazine, Adelaide. "When talent like this says "jump", we ask "how high?"" - 3D Radio, Adelaide. "A great rainy day soundtrack...a record for sipping early morning coffee and being introspective before the world comes crashing in...music that is stripped down to its skeletal remains, yet holds the attention from start to finish" - Randy Baker, East Bank Radio, Nashville.

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Reviewed by Dan Buhagiar Dan Buhagiar

03 Dec 2007

30

A very unique sound on the current Australian music scene. My immediate response was to flick past this but I'm glad I stuck with it. The male vocals might grate on some people. But the melodies are strong and it's a classic roots-rock sound. Nice.

A very unique sound on the current Australian music scene. My immediate response was to flick past this but I'm glad I stuck with it. The male vocals might grate on some people. But the melodies are strong and it's a classic roots-rock sound. Nice.

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Nossa

05 Dec 2007

50

Hey its the guys from missandretti here we were listening to your track trippy as vocals really roots guitar and the chello is a very nice touch sound good hope you guys go along way

Hey its the guys from missandretti here we were listening to your track trippy as vocals really roots guitar and the chello is a very nice touch sound good hope you guys go along way

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mo town

05 Dec 2007

40

What a unique sounding vocal (the male one, that is) & they harmonise together beautifully. The strings are perfectly placed & add to the emotion of the song. Great stuff.

What a unique sounding vocal (the male one, that is) & they harmonise together beautifully. The strings are perfectly placed & add to the emotion of the song. Great stuff.