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BFFs–that’s what Matt Campbell and Robert Hirschfeld are. In an era when most band dynamics are characterized with words like “turbulent” and “volatile,” the duo behind Champaign-Urbana’s Common Loon premised their act on a friendship that dates all the way back to kindergarten. That’s when the friends first met, and now–twenty-five years later–the pair are getting ready to release their first album together. The Long Dream of Birds will be released on April 6th via Hidden Agenda Records (who have pressed titles from The Bats and José González, among others), and features eleven tracks of sparkling, outspread indie-pop.
The Long Dream of Birds begins with “Dinosaur vs Early Man,” a track which will feel right at home next to the albums by Beachwood Sparks andGrandaddy in your collection. After hanging on to an opening organ chord, the song leaps off the springboard into a slow-motion dive, expertly twisting and tucking through three minutes of blissful melodies. The drums sound live and hearty, contrasting nicely with the brisk guitar notes and droning organ. Above it all floats the duo’s vocals, which stack rich harmonies in unexpected patterns like The Thrills tackling a Spiritualized cover. “Dinosaur vs Early Man” is a smoothly downed tonic, effervescent despite its leisurely pacing–a cure for whatever ails you on a groggy morning.