Mimicking Birds are perhaps Portland’s most sonically interesting band. Vague words like “ethereal,” “otherworldly” and “sleepy” often get thrown the innovative group’s way, but they don’t quite pin down its curious mix of down-tempo rhythms, complicated finger-picking guitar work and singer Nate Lacey’s nasally, wavering voice. It’s an oddly gorgeous concoction. In fact, the music is often so beautifully composed that it’s easy to miss Lacy’s lyrics.
We don’t recommend doing that.
On the band’s third release, “Layers Of Us,” Lacy probes humanity’s place in this great big universe with the eye of a poet and the mind of a scientist — he touches on everything from the nature of light and time to wrestling with our role, each one of us, in changing the climate and sparking a potentially dark future. The result is a truly thought-provoking and head-turning effort.
Mimicking Birds recently stopped by the OPB studios to play a few tracks from the new record and chat with State of Wonder’s Aaron Scott. Watch video from the performance above, and listen to the songs and the full interview below (the tracks are available as MP3 downloads).
Mimicking Birds release “Layers Of Us” on Jan. 26, via Glacial Pace Recordings. Enter to win tickets to a special listening experience for “Layers Of Us” on Jan. 25 at the OMSI Planetarium in Portland.
Audio recording and mixes: Steven Kray, Nalin Silva, with technical assistance from Ted Cutler
Editor: Jarratt Taylor
Videographers: Jarratt Taylor, Nate Sjol, Gerard O’Sullivan
Interview: Aaron Scott
Executive Producer: David Christensen
Mimicking Birds are hosting a special listening experience for “Layers Of Us” on Jan. 25 at the OMSI Planetarium in Portland, and we’re giving away tickets. The master recording of the album will be played through OMSI’s updated surround sound system with planetarium visuals. Entry includes a copy of “Layers Of Us” on vinyl with a download code which will be handed out after the album listening. The band will be in attendance but will not be performing. Meet at the OMSI Empirical Theater with doors at 6:00 pm with the album listening beginning at 7:00 pm.
To enter the tickets drawing: fill in the blanks below and press “submit.” One entry per person, please. Duplicate entries will be ignored. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at 5 p.m. PST. We’ll notify the winners by email. Good luck!