FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise is the much-anticipated follow-up to composer, trumpeter, and singer jaimie branch’s debut Fly or Die, which was dubbed one of the “Best Albums of 2017” by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR Music, WIRE, Stereogum, Aquarium Drunkard, and more. Wonderful cover as most of the International Anthem releases.

Jaimie Branch

FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise

Cat No: IARC0027LP
Release date: 11 October 2019
Format: LP
Country: USA

FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise is the much-anticipated follow-up to composer, trumpeter, and singer jaimie branch’s debut Fly or Die, which was dubbed one of the “Best Albums of 2017” by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR Music, WIRE, Stereogum, Aquarium Drunkard, and more. Wonderful cover as most of the International Anthem releases.

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Listen to: FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise

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1. birds of paradise
03:57
2. prayer for amerikkka Pt. 1 & 2
11:26
3. lesterlude
00:40
4. twenty-three n me, jupiter redux
03:43
5. whales
01:04
6. simple silver surfer
05:39
7. bird dogs of paradise
04:04
8. nuevo roquero estéreo
08:31
9. love song
06:07

Item Description

Written (mostly) while on her first European tour with Fly or Die in November 2018; and recorded (mostly) in studio at Total Refreshment Centre and live at Café OTO in London UK at the end of that tour, bird dogs of paradise is the result of a never-satisfied branch pushing her distinct style of progressive composition to new heights — while also stepping forward as a vocalist for the first time. “So much beauty lies in the abstract of instrumental music,” says branch in the album’s liner notes, “but being this ain’t a particularly beautiful time, I’ve chosen a more literal path. The voice is good for that.”

On the album’s epic opening opus “prayer for amerikkka pt.1 and 2” branch calls out “a bunch of wide-eyed racists” between searing trumpet ad libs atop a massive, down-tuned blues. On the album’s closing track “love song (for assholes & clowns)” she laughs in their faces – an unhinged, unflinching, mix of anger and humor paired with a classic shuffle beat. Between both ends is an instrumental chronicle that traverses a deep sea of dystopian Americana without trepidation. Her trumpet – sometimes soft and pleading and other times brash and seething – is always at the helm. Branch and company are on a quest for sonic saturation here and they conjure up moments of real reckoning – hopefulness, hopelessness, danger, and joy. A cinematic sojourn from our earth to imagined worlds above, bird dogs of paradise dares you to feel again, or as branch says, “now sound the trumpets and get ready to roll.”

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