Review | The Wooden Birds - Two Matchsticks

Wooden Birds – Two Matchsticks

Back in 2009, Austin, TX quartet The Wooden Birds released their debut album Magnolia to positive reviews. And two years later not only is their sophomore effort Two Matchsticks better. But it’s simply bigger.

The first time around, The Wooden Birds cemented their sound — a mix of whispery but assured vocals from frontman Andrew Kenny and Leslie Sisson, spoken over rambling and babbling guitars and percussion. It’s a contrast that sounds both distinct and organic. This time around on Two Matchsticks, the songs sit better as a set, and the album in its entirety is the perfect set of slow breezy songs.

Kenny is good friends with Ben Gibbard, and you can definitely see the inspiration both vocally and lyrically. “His heart was a house that was up and done. With no one to haunt it, just you if you want it,” sings Kenny on Cross My Heart. But while there’s magic in the lyrics and beauty in the vocals, it’s doubtful that the Wooden Birds will ever reach DCFC’s soul-meets-body status. And that’s a compliment.

Grab the album here. Sounds best on a porch with a glass of iced tea.