Fish and Bird reveal a ripe moment
“There are more connections in the human brain than there are stars in the universe” is no ordinary stringband lyric.
But Fish and Bird’s Every Whisper Is A Shout Across The Void is no ordinary album by no ordinary band.
Sure, Fish and Bird, the pride of Victoria B.C. may LOOK like a standard lineup of roots musicians —fiddle, banjo, bass, drums, vintage clothes, and scruff— but they seldom sound that way.
Between lead vocalist Taylor Ashton’s obscurantist lyrics, and the band’s unusual arrangements, Fish and Bird fall into that quirky category we’re increasingly referring to as “prog-folk.” But don’t be put off by genre: the sound is as accessible as it is unconventional.
That’s because even if the territory they’re exploring is off the chart, Fish and Bird know where they come from. And that’s paying off in a ripe moment for roots music: Every Whisper Is A Shout Across The Void has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award in the Best Roots Album category.