Howie Lee - Birdy Island - New LP
Format: New LP Label: Maisum Cat. No. MAIS042LP Barcode: 4062548021684 Released: 16/04/2021
New black vinyl
Swirling layers of OST-style sound design, dreamy choir vocals and traditional Chinese folk combine across eight dynamic and transportive tracks on Birdy Island, the latest album by Beijing-based producer / artist, Howie Lee, on Mais Um. Fresh off the back of several high impact, club-centring album releases on Maloca, SVBKVLT and his influential, Do Hits label, on top of remixes for artists including Lawfawndah, Charlie XCX & Sophie, Lee presents his most organic and expansive project to date. Written, produced and recorded entirely by Lee at the back end of 2018 (with the exception of the album’s resident fourpiece choir made up of rising Beijing artist, Fishdoll, Shanghai singer / producer, Yehaiyahan and West by West, with Lee himself also included), Birdy Island’s almost exclusively acoustic yet broad sound palette threads continuities between ceremonial Taoist music, early Buchla synth experiments, and FWD nights at London’s Plastic People.
Threads elements of traditional Chinese folk, OST-style sound design, ceremonial Taoist music, jazz fusion and stripped-back UK grime sonics. Based on Lee's own long-formed concept of a Sicilian theme park in the sky, co-inhabited by both birds and ancestral spirits. Lee has been invited to compose the official Birdy Island soundtrack.