Brother To The Birds are the songs of folk artist Andrew Englezos.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Andrew takes his inspiration from his admiration of 11th Century monk St Francis who represented a love of nature. This is reflected in many Brother To The Birds songs that delicately describe landscapes and animals to encapsulate the enchanting beauty of the world around us.
In 2015, Andrew went on a pilgrimage to Umbria, a place linked to his monk inspiration. This inspired the sound of 'Brother To The Birds' EP.
Unlike most music we review here, 'Brother To The Birds' EP is relatively quiet and reflective with earthy tones.
Most tracks use acoustic instrumentation of guitars and soft drums to create a mellow bed of sound for the raw vocal to lay on.
I've picked out my two favourites of the six track EP to share with you:
The first track on the EP is 'Umbrian Brother' (the pilgrimage influence being highlighted already). It starts off as a relatively mellow track but acoustic guitars are built up and built up to create more of an intense feeling towards the end of the track. This is then suddenly stripped back for the final line of the song which provides a really great contrast.
Next up we have 'Winter's Ending' - the first track I heard from the EP.
A relatively slow track, 'Winter's Ending' is very calming. The use of a delicate acoustic guitar accompanied by fragile piano intervals, what I can only describe as 'winter sounds' and a soft vocal is the perfect mix to create a chillingly good vibe.
Overall, 'Brother To The Birds' EP may not be the most polished sound you'll listen to this year but that's what gives it its unique charm and character. Personally, I like the fact that you can hear the influences of the EP throughout each track and that it is a relaxing sound.
Until next time...
Find out more about Brother To The Birds here: prototypemusique.com/Releases