CD Review: Rusty Willoughby “Cobirds Unite”

Remember when listening to music turned into your own personal soundtrack? Well, Cobirds Unite, born from a collaboration between Rusty Willoughby and Rachel Flotard, would be the perfect soundtrack for a road movie. Fresh off of her album with Visqueen, Rachel Flotard is at it again. The union has spawned an album of clouds and imagination that is perfect for travelers, dreamers and all-around music lovers.

This album is chock-full of goodies. From the swampy guitar on “Cobirds Unite” to the melodic strumming on “Crown of Thorns,” there is something for every person and every mood. The folky melodies are perfectly complemented by Flotard’s harmonies, giving the whole album a float-y, dream-like quality.

Willoughby and Flotard are joined by Barrett Martin, who provides a slow and steady rhythm to the album, and Barbara Hunter, whose dramatic cello squeezes a bit more emotion from the whole production.

All in all, the album is a resounding success. The melodies and harmonies are enchanting and soothing, while remaining intriguing. I wish this was the soundtrack to my life.

Songs to watch out for:

Where Are the Knives
Cobirds Unite

Find a Way Home
You Could Be Wrong

More info here: http://www.rustywilloughby.com/