The Bird And The Bee are Inara George and Greg Kurstin. Inara has a voice like a pixie-ish angel, but both of them are multi-instrumentalists, and obviously highly trained in musical composition. Inara creates beautiful harmonies and choruses through the use of studio overdubbing. Kurstin is master of all things keyboard.
This new Bird And The Bee project, like the earlier album, seems to be aiming at a certain attitude, a certain style: modern, yet taking elements of soft 1960s pop music. They project a sort of wink-wink hipster ambivalence in most of the songs, except the final beautiful and heartfelt love song, How Deep Is Your Love.
I could almost make an argument that the group is an example of style over substance. Almost. The melodies, arrangements, production are astoundingly sophisticated and creative. Perhaps in this respect they could be compared to Steely Dan: great music, great production, sly attitude, but generally not aimed at touching the heart.
Still, these two musicians are producing some of the greatest pop music released this year. While the first album and this EP have been fun, I hope that in the future they can marry their musical talents to something a little more intimate and emotional -- like some of the material from Inara George's recent solo CD, All Rise. I have a feeling that what they've done so far, great as it is, entertaining as it is, will not wear well if they try to tread the same gound again on the next album.