Americana. Quirky. Upbeat. Harmonic. These are just a few words that come to mind when listening to Birds Over Arkansas – Americana Prog Rockers whose influences span from Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Peter Gabriel, and Frank Zappa to Americana artists such as The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, and Iron & Wine. Their music infuses technical progressive rock styles with singer/songwriter sensibilities, while still maintaining accessibility for the listener.
BOA’s latest single, “Forgotten Lights”, is about helplessly watching a loved one slip away into dementia. The song begins as a mellow Americana groove, with the split at the outro introducing the prog elements to bring in the line “the flame blew out again.” This was the pivotal point in the lyrics, signifying the change from someone who was slowly losing their faculties who has now seemingly become a different person. The switch from the easy, mellow groove to the frenetic time signature embodies this change.
“Forgotten Lights” will be featured on Big Fuss Records Artists To Watch 2016 compilation, and is winning high praise from fans and critics:
“My jaw is literally on the floor in awe of just how beautiful this song becomes through its inspired attitude and perspective in both the lyrics and music of its second part…it’s a song as spectacular as one could ever hope to write.” Sleeping Bag Studios
“The level of creativity and musicianship on this track is once again utterly exceptional…Top class musicianship, clever lyrics and an intriguingly complex yet surprisingly accessible tune.” Jamsphere
“Their new single ‘Forgotten Lights’ should be spinning everywhere…radio, shopping malls, elevators, you get it. It’s that tasty of a jam. It’s powerful. It has mass appeal.” Middle Tennessee Music
“Forgotten Lights is a tender and intricate song from Birds Over Arkansas, a track that touches equally upon the folk, progressive, and singer-songwriting styles. The vocals take listeners on a journey, while on-point drums, guitar, and bass unite to make a fitting backdrop upon which these lyrics can soar.” NeuFutur Magazine
“Forgotten Lights” is available at all online music retailers.
Andrea Young, Aspenbeat Records