State Bird is a duo featuring the songs of Coby Hartzler and Jared Riblet. With help from a cast of other musicians, the two create loud, eccentric folk-rock. Originally from Dover, OH, State Bird have matured with an experimental cohesiveness on their new record, Mostly Ghostly. The sophomore album on The Record Machine label is catchy with unconventional "country and tribal Indian" themes.
Mostly Ghostly has a folksy foreground with simple rhythm guitars and narratives. Melodic vocals form the base of each song, while the background shimmers with more eccentric, orchestral embellishments.
In "I Saw The Light," a simple guitar riff leads off while another guitar riff, more colorful and more psychedelic, thunders in the background against fleeting drums and sparkling cymbals and tambourines. The duo relies on the tribal rhythms and choral chants to make the songs infectious, unexpected and exciting.
In addition to a short tour in February, State Bird will release Mostly Ghostly on February 26, 2008.