Prairie – And the Bird Said: Cut Me Open and Sing Me (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:35 minutes | 706 MB | Genre: Experimental Electronic, Ambient
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © denovali records
Prairie is the project of multi-instrumentalist and producer Marc Jacobs, hailing from Brussels with roots in The Netherlands. On stage, Prairie plays with two or three musicians and together they re-create a free association of musical ideas and atmo- spheres. Prairie has played in selected venues and festivals across Europe and for instance toured with Apparat. “And the Bird Said: Cut Me Open and Sing Me” is the second full length album on Denovali Records.
This album was inspired by the silence of the birds, by the tone between a mother and her daughter, by the Sandsnipe twins, by constant wailing sirens, by the memory of a Vangelis track. Composed in the city, in his studio Les Lacs and in the moun- tains of the French Cévennes, Jacobs integrates his various recording locations into his magniﬁcent sound design. By using various recording techniques, analog gear, guitar pedals, synths, amps and human voices, “And the Bird Said: Cut Me Open and Sing Me” creates a fountain of sound layers which coalesce to synthetic and noise infused manipulations, dramatic crescendos and subtle ﬁeld recordings.
Jacobs focuses on melodies, sometimes hidden melodies, or straight out melodies that took him back to various musical inﬂuences, current ones but also from his past, lurking into pop and loving imperfection. The lyrics of “Cut me Open” are the spine of the record, the scenario where various species of birds lead the way, and where each track is a short chapter of the ﬂight.
Jacobs once again showcases a deep sensitivity to narrative and rich cinematic textures by creating a technicolor soundtrack.
1. Boy’s First Kill (05:59)
2. Cut Me Open (04:51)
3. Facing the Laccadive (05:22)
4. Alpine Swift (02:18)
5. (Camargue) (01:32)
6. One Eyed Cage (03:16)
7. Tendress (03:49)
8. View/Viewer (10:12)
9. (Indio Maíz, Nicaragua) (03:21)