Chriss Sutherland and Brown Bird: Worried Love

[17 June 2009]

By Sarah Moore

Although he is from New Brunswick, singer songwriter Chriss Sutherland sings in both Spanish and English on this release with Brown Bird. Brown Bird is the name David Lamb, a singer/songwriter/guitarist/banjo player who lives in Rhode Island, has recorded under since 2002, with two recent additions from Providence band Barn Burning.  What results is a haunting, lush (in virtuosity) and minimal (in instrumentation) set of songs that feels like a shimmering mescaline excursion. “Volando Voy (El Camaron de la Isla)” is Sutherland’s take on a classic flamenco song he heard by Kiko Veneno. Various exotic percussives underline a Santana guitar riff as meditative and psychedelic lyrics spew forth from what sounds like a Mexican street troubadour and his set of friends. Although one of the backing women is a tad pitchy, the song remains hard charged and trippy.

Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/94133-chriss-sutherland-and-brown-bird-worried-love/