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Quick Reviews: Ola Podrida, Secretary Bird

Posted by Joe Lazar on March 27, 2007

Ola Podrida // Ola Podrida // Plug Research // Release Date: April 24, 2007

Singer/songwriter David Wingo got his ticket to fame by composing the music behind all of David Gordon Green’s films. But Wingo left the New York City buzz, and returned back to his old stomping grounds of Austin, Texas. There he and some friends began recording under the name Ola Podrida.

The creation of the sessions is the band’s self titled debut album. Wingo shows throughout the record, his expertise for making emotional, acoustic pieces. ‘Come on, I’m ready to go when you’re done / Lets trash this place before we run / If we both fall down, another train will come around / Back with others getting lost and found,’ sings Wingo in the outstanding “Lost and Found.”  An extra layer of passion is given due to Wingo’s trembling vocals, that make him seem like he has had a few cold ones in him, and the honesty of Wingo’s voice elevates the song. These affectionate moments give the album a very warm feeling, giving the listener the impression they are in the album. My hands are a bit sweaty and mosquitoes are buzzing in my ear. Spring has only just started, but I already sense the summer evenings cooking.


Secretary Bird // Secretary Bird // In De Goot Recordings // Release Date: March 20, 2007Mike Semple leads Secretary Bird’s self titled debut, by mixing elements of Jesus and Mary Chain (“Somewhere Girls”) and Seam (“Girl on Laveta”). ‘I wish we could get lost again,’ sings Semple during “Cornerstore,” but I don’t feel lost in the music. Secretary Bird’s biggest downfall may be the uninspiring voice of Semple. Semple is a pretty generic lyricist too. ‘I love you, yes I do / Imaginary you,’ claims Semple in “Imaginary You.” This is a little too “Miracle Drug,” for me.


— Joe Lazar


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