MP3 Raymondale And The Family Band - Consider the Birds
Vocal harmonies layered over piano, trumpet, bells and percussion, in the adopted styles of Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens, Damien Rice, Billy Joel, Buddy Holly and Ben Folds.
10 MP3 Songs in this album (42:36) !
Related styles: Rock: Folk Rock, Folk: Alternative Folk, Featuring Piano
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raymondale and the Family Band is a sibling trio based in Central Florida that meld intricate piano melodies with layered vocals, soft percussion and various other instrumentation including trumpet, bells, and occasionally strings.
The band is clearly influenced by much of the music they grew up listening to, adapting songwriting and lyrical styles of such favorites as Billy Joel, Buddy Holly, and Elton John, and melding them with more contemporary styles like those of Elliott Smith, Damien Rice, and Sufjan Stevens, and finally adding to the mix instrumental arrangements reminiscent of a minimalist Danielson Famile.
raymondale and the Family Band is the long-term project of singer-songwriter RD Bonner, who began his classical training at an early age, began songwriting in high-school, and is continually adapting his writing style to fit his sense of personality and experience. RD led several bands in his early songwriting days, and has played in the Gainesville-based indie-folk sensation Redboy, as well as other projects. He first began writing arrangements for what would turn into the Family Band in November of 2008 adding multi-instrumentalist Alyson and percussionist Kiah Bonner to his then solo-project, forming the Family Band who would subsequently launch into gigs across Central Florida, shoot a homemade no-budget music video, and record a debut album titled Consider the Birds.
Consider the Birds is an album that captures the real-life experiences of the band members. Each song is crafted as a tale that yearns to resonate, addressing personal stories of love, loss, hope and redemption and addressing issues ranging from human rights to immigration, from peacemaking and reconciliation to desperation, and from misunderstanding to forgiveness. The band looks forward to sharing their stories with a wider audience, and in hearing your feedback.