Organa blast off in pursuit of a beautiful SongBird in their spaced-out new single and video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The latest funky freakout from the irrepressible California crew led by VIP bassist Corey McCormick (Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Neil Young, Chris Cornell), SongBird basks in the warm afterglow of Valentine’s Day — but singer Gabriel Velasquez’s true-to-life lyrics prove that love and infatuation spring eternal.
“The premise of the lyrics was based upon the perspective of Gabe when he was 14 years old,” the band explain. “It was about the first girl he had genuine adult feelings for. It was beyond a crush. She was beautiful and kind. But they never got together and he had to let her go. As a result, she’s still one of Gabe’s closest friends today. (Guitarist) Nick (Lewis) and Corey always have some funky grooves — and combined with these great lyrics, Songbird came to be.”
This time, those grooves — fashioned from returning guest drummer Emmanuel Cervantes’ busy, syncopated backbeat, McCormick’s nimbly fingered bass melody, Lewis’s slinky guitars and visiting keyboardist Alberto Bof’s burbling, percolating organ lines — have a distinctly New Orleans flavour. Imagine The Meters / Neville Brothers turbocharging Cissy Strut with the help of an alien band en route to the edge of the universe and you’re right on track.
SongBird was written by Lewis, Velasquez and McCormick, who also produced and mixed the track with Mark Myers.