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Topic: Birds and Buildings
Posted By: KingCrimson250
Subject: Birds and Buildings
Date Posted: July 06 2009 at 23:18
I am loving this band! I'm listening to their album right now and it's incredible, it's mind-blowing. Where can I get more of this great sound?

It'd be cool if there was more discussion about this band too, although since they only have one album I can understand if there isn't a lot



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Posted By: TheProgtologist
Date Posted: July 07 2009 at 02:42
Look into main man and keyboardist Dan Britton's other projects such as Deluge Grander and Cerebus Effect.While not quite the same stylistically as B&B,I think you will dig his other work.

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Posted By: TheProgtologist
Date Posted: July 08 2009 at 15:28
I can't believe no one has heard of this project,you guys are really missing out.

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Posted By: avestin
Date Posted: July 08 2009 at 17:10
Ever since I heard Cerebus Effect's Acts of Deception, I've been hooked on Dan Britton's music and bands (Those being Deluge Grander and B&B).
Fantastic, energetic music, varied and eclectic, you get a mixture from various styles and sounds.

Looking forward to the new B&B to be released later this year hopefully.

Also, to the thread-opener, here's a bit of news I posted a while back here: http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=56549&KW=britton -
http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=56549&KW=britton

"The second Deluge Grander album "The Form of the Good" is at the printers and will hopefully be available by mid-April.
Samples from it can be heard on the Myspace page http://www.myspace.com/delugegrander - http://www.myspace.com/delugegrander and check the main site ( http://www.delugegrander.com/ - www.delugegrander.com ) in a few days too for updates.
Work has began on the third Deluge Grander album already and this one might be a vinyl-only release at first.
 
As for the other Dan Britton projects which will hopefully be released in 2009, Dan emailed me that the second album of Birds and  Buildings is in the works, following the previous albums' style ("avant/jazz prog with busy drums and sax") and probably called "Multipurpose Trap".
http://www.myspace.com/birdsandbuildings - www.myspace.com/birdsandbuildings

Another project with Megan Wheatley singing is called All Over Everywhere and is a song-based album called "Inner Firmaments Decay."  "This will be quieter acoustic-based songs" as Dan says..


Another project called (probably) Elevator Machine Room along with Chris Mack of Oblivion Sun and Illuvatar is also in the works.
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Posted By: Kestrel
Date Posted: July 08 2009 at 20:27
I also love Birds & Buildings. I found it a shame how overlooked they went last year in the Collaborator's best albums of the year thread. They deserved a much higher position than they received (it was either really low or just an honorable mention - I can't quite remember). I'm glad you found them!

Edit: I just looked and they were actually tied for 11th with Marillion (which is a joke to me...). Not that bad. The album is #7 on the site for 2008 though which is pretty cool.


Posted By: KingCrimson250
Date Posted: July 10 2009 at 13:01
Avestin, thanks so much for the info! Multipurpose Trap has got to be some of the best news I've heard in ages.

I also think that Deluge Grander will be my next purchase, though I think that I'll pick up their debut before buying The Form of the Good. It's cool to hear about All Over Everywhere. I'm not sure if it'll be my cup of tea but Megan's voice is incredible and of course Dan is extremely gifted so it'll be worth a listen at least, I think.

Kestrel, I know what you mean. I feel they ought to be rated a lot higher than they are. I don't think they're getting the publicity they need. Like you've said they've mostly got a MySpace page and that's it. People need to spread the word!


Posted By: moreitsythanyou
Date Posted: July 10 2009 at 13:13
Birds and Buildings are quite excellent as a matter of fact.

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Posted By: The Hemulen
Date Posted: July 10 2009 at 13:22
Hmm. I feel like I'm missing something here... I listened to Deluge Grander's debut a few times and it never really stuck with me. If the Birds and Buildings myspace samples are anything to go by then this project is much the same. What is it about Britton's compositions which makes them so forgettable to me, I wonder?




Posted By: Padraic
Date Posted: July 10 2009 at 19:54
I have all three Britton projects and they are all good quality to me.  Probably prefer Cerebus Effect, but B&B not far behind.  Definitely looking forward to the new album.


Posted By: avestin
Date Posted: October 06 2009 at 07:41
Posted by Frank Stickle over at Prog Ears

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqItWJ9J-QU&feature=player_embedded - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqItWJ9J-QU&feature=player_embedded

This is, as Dan Britton said over there, "Miracle Pigeon" from the upcoming second Birds and Buildings album.


And more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQq4B6D2rBM -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQq4B6D2rBM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDEnVvfEPHk&feature=related -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDEnVvfEPHk&feature=related


I love his music!!!


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Posted By: bhikkhu
Date Posted: October 10 2009 at 20:11
Damn, new Deluge Grander and new Birds and Buildings within a year's time! We are truly blessed.Hug

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Posted By: avestin
Date Posted: October 10 2009 at 20:25
FYI - I'll be posting an interview with Dan Britton soon. 

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Posted By: memowakeman
Date Posted: October 10 2009 at 23:18
Thanks to avestin and his great recommendations I could listen to this band, and how interesting is their music, really recommendable.

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Posted By: avestin
Date Posted: October 11 2009 at 12:32
Originally posted by memowakeman memowakeman wrote:

Thanks to avestin and his great recommendations I could listen to this band, and how interesting is their music, really recommendable.


I've been relistening to all Dan Britton's bands lately and this particular one has just been an ear worm lately for me; it seems to have sunk even further into my brain and if I was hooked before, it is even more so now.
But one needs to give a really proper listen to capture well the nuances and the intricacies of the tunes and the musicianship.

Glad you enjoy it, Memo Smile


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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: October 13 2009 at 13:31
I really like Birds and Buildings. Their album has been on my very long list to buy for a while now. I must get it soon, hopefully next month.


Posted By: Rutgers Joe
Date Posted: January 14 2010 at 09:35
Finally picked this up...outstanding.

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Posted By: VanderGraafKommandöh
Date Posted: January 14 2010 at 11:42
A new album by B&B is due this year.

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Posted By: Kestrel
Date Posted: January 14 2010 at 13:12
Can't wait!


Posted By: angelmk
Date Posted: January 14 2010 at 15:28
Bantom To Behemoth is extremely good, love it 

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Posted By: AstralliS
Date Posted: May 20 2010 at 17:55
Mr. Dan Britton of Prog Sphere recently sat down for a live interview with Mr. Dan Britton of Birds and Buildings and Deluge Grander fame. The two of them talked about Italian Prog, Opeth, the five or so albums Britton is apparently working on at the moment, and much more. Be warned, Mr. Britton and Mr. Thaler diverged from the topic at hand a few times to talk about stuff that had very little to do with the actual interview. We still find that stuff interesting, though! The interview is viewable on:  http://prog-sphere.blogspot.com/2010/05/dan-britton-maestro-of-many-projects.html - http://prog-sphere.blogspot.com/2010/05/dan-britton-maestro-of-many-projects.html

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Posted By: Textbook
Date Posted: May 20 2010 at 19:01
Almost a great album but the male vocals really hurt it in my opinion. I think they'd do better as an instrumental band.


Posted By: Kestrel
Date Posted: May 21 2010 at 01:26

Originally posted by Textbook Textbook wrote:

Almost a great album but the male vocals really hurt it in my opinion. I think they'd do better as an instrumental band.

I personally don't understand the dislike of the vocals. Since the vocals are mostly mumbles I can't understand what he's singing so I really just hear it as another instrument, like some kind of Zeuhlish chant.



Posted By: KingCrimson250
Date Posted: July 08 2010 at 16:47
Any word on Multipurpose Trap? Any at all? I'm dying here!


Posted By: JLocke
Date Posted: July 08 2010 at 16:50
Originally posted by Trouserpress Trouserpress wrote:

. . . What is it about Britton's compositions which makes them so forgettable to me, I wonder?

Your tastes are too narrow, I guess.


Posted By: emkogceo
Date Posted: July 15 2010 at 00:21
Originally posted by KingCrimson250 KingCrimson250 wrote:

Any word on Multipurpose Trap? Any at all? I'm dying here!


Why, I thought you'd never ask.  I just wrote a blog on myspace a few days ago:



http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=147345791&blogId=536926316

July 10, 2010

We are working very hard on our second album "Multipurpose Trap"....our first album is a little hard to follow, and I had been worrying there was nothing we could do to equal or top it, but I am starting to feel more confident in the new material.

Yes, there will be singing, probably on every track, but hopefully not by me, and only for a minute or less on most of the tracks.  This is to confuse people who want to label each song "instrumental" or "vocal."

The working titles and my best recollection for running times are:

1. The Dumb Fish (3:30)
This one is jazzy and catchy.
2. Horse-Shaped Cloud (formerly Underscore) (4:30)
This one goes from perky to maybe the most intense part we've ever done back to perky.  Surprisingly it doesn't feel too disjointed.  It's about flying in a hot-air balloon, then getting blown around by a horse-shaped cloud, then landing safely.  Though there are only two lines to the lyrics, the music will help tell the story.
3. Miracle Pigeon (2:30)
A soundtrack to a comic book about a superhero pigeon.  I was wanting to actually get someone to do an animated cartoon to this, but there probably won't be enough time.
4. East is Fort Orthodox (6:00)
This is a murky prequel to the next song.
5. Secret Crevice (maybe to be renamed Stealth Cantiri) (5:00)
This one doesn't let up at all from beginning to end.  I added some mellotron parts that really hit the spot too.  This would make a great show-opener, maybe with the preceding track.
6. Tragic Penguin (7:00)
The entire track is built around an improvisation I did on electric piano on November 17, 2007.  It was a lot of fun to build stuff around it, and sometimes I think this is actually a genuinely progressive way to make music.
7. Catapult (10:00)
Requisite offspring of "Birds Flying Into Buildings" or "Battalion"
8. Aviator Prosco (10:00)
Yes, that's Prosco as in "progressive disco" and to make matters worse for closed-minded prog fans, this one starts out with a very breezy jazz feel very unlike everything we've done before, but the kind of thing that Brian and Malcolm are great at playing.  The evolution from jazz to disco is fun, and the chord sequence for this song is very Tony Banksian, even though Brian wrote almost half the song and has never really heard Genesis before.
9. Abonimable Pelican (14:00)
This is built around a very simple theme that Malcolm improvised against, and then I built some completely different stuff around what Malcolm recorded.  It's still in the early stages, but it's probably going to be a good way to end the album, even though the diversions into hardcore funk aren't exactly what we're known for.

And yes, there is indeed an animal theme to this one, at least in the song titles.  I'm working on the artwork, and that's taking almost as long as the music.  It will be quite a package once it's finished.

If you want to hear an early version of Miracle Pigeon, go to CD Baby and look for the Emkog sampler CD.  I already pitched it in the previous blog, so I won't provide the link again.

<end myspace blog quote>

Well, the Progarchives Dan WILL provide that CDbaby link :

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/emkog

"Miracle Pigeon" is the sixth track there, and several other snippets are in the "A Big Blob of Demos and Early Versions of Forthcoming Music" track.


Estimated release date for Multipurpose Trap is January 2011.


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Posted By: KingCrimson250
Date Posted: July 21 2010 at 11:36
Wow! Really looking forward to the new release! Thanks for the info. Looks like a very eclectic and intriguing piece of work. The next six months can't go by fast enough LOL


Posted By: Padraic
Date Posted: July 21 2010 at 12:27
i will definitely be getting this when it's released.  :)


Posted By: Evolutionary Sleeper
Date Posted: July 21 2010 at 12:32
Originally posted by Padraic Padraic wrote:

i will definitely be getting this when it's released.  :)


Same here, can't wait.


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Posted By: TheGazzardian
Date Posted: July 21 2010 at 12:53
Sounds like exciting news to me Big smile


Posted By: omardiyejon
Date Posted: December 12 2010 at 13:56
maybe the last month of waiting ha?

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Posted By: sorcerer kermes
Date Posted: December 15 2010 at 05:06
a master piece in progressive rock`s new era


Posted By: Kestrel
Date Posted: January 20 2011 at 22:53
Any news on its release? It was scheduled to out this month.


Posted By: The Neck Romancer
Date Posted: January 21 2011 at 09:22
Originally posted by Trouserpress Trouserpress wrote:

What is it about Britton's compositions which makes them so forgettable to me, I wonder?


Ditto. I'm sure he's a great composer and sh*t... but honestly, his music lacks something.


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Posted By: omardiyejon
Date Posted: February 08 2011 at 19:46
what about the new album?

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Posted By: DisgruntledPorcupine
Date Posted: February 08 2011 at 20:46

Birds Flying Into Buildings is amazing. The rest... Sleepy



Posted By: Triceratopsoil
Date Posted: February 08 2011 at 20:52
Originally posted by DisgruntledPorcupine DisgruntledPorcupine wrote:

Birds Flying Into Buildings is amazing. The rest... Sleepy



that was how I felt for the first few listens, but love the whole thing now


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Posted By: darkshade
Date Posted: April 30 2011 at 13:28
thanks to another thread, I ordered this album online.

But I guess that 2nd album is never coming out huh? Wink


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Posted By: Gerinski
Date Posted: May 04 2011 at 21:00
Maybe I didn't listen enough to Bantam to Behemoth yet, I find it very good but somehow it falls short of what one feels it could have been.
Great musicianship for sure, Birds Flying Into Buildings is great, but for the most part it's like it's too busy, I never get to feel beautiful musical ideas developing into a coherent theme and structure, the music doesn't stick in my brain.
And I don't fancy the vocals either, sure they play a minor role but for that they should better have kept it instrumental.
 
And it feels to me (I could well be wrong) as a bit too much studio overcooked, it does not sound like a live recording, ok no album is a live recording nowadays but I hope you get what I mean.
 
Having said that, hats off because there's some great musicianship in there too.


Posted By: brainstormer
Date Posted: May 04 2011 at 21:49
I'm liking the song by Deluge Grander, "The Form of the Good."  It's melodic
in a soulful way, which I think pretty much all good music is.



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Posted By: omardiyejon
Date Posted: January 05 2012 at 17:52
the new album never comes out, does it mr. britton?

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Posted By: TheGazzardian
Date Posted: January 05 2012 at 20:37
I emailed Dan last year and he said it was coming early this year. And it has shown up in the bottom of the wayside music weekly e-mails:

"-Coming Soon (or not soon, but eventually, so please be patient!)-
(For updates of new items in stock, watch these mailings or check the NEW ARRIVALS section!) :
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BIRDS AND BUILDINGS-Multipurpose Trap (second album! finally)!
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Posted By: Kestrel
Date Posted: August 06 2012 at 23:59
Sorry to bump, but is this album ever coming out?! I can't find any news whatsoever.


Posted By: Eria Tarka
Date Posted: August 07 2012 at 00:06
I cant wait, BtB was mindblowing!

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Posted By: darkshade
Date Posted: August 07 2012 at 11:22
I have the debut, I'll have to revisit the album one of these days.

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Posted By: axeman
Date Posted: April 01 2013 at 12:24
Ah, I guess I found the appreciation thread! 

This is pretty much been on my player consistently since 2008 when I first heard it. Also it is the basis of my main IHeartRadio station that consistently produces the most interesting mix. 

I guess we can only be patient for a second album. 


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Posted By: pfloyd
Date Posted: April 01 2013 at 12:31
^nice bump Smile

yeah bantam to behemoth is possibly my favorite album. The wait for their second album is unbearable 


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Posted By: Monadology
Date Posted: April 03 2013 at 12:48
Is it feasible to get in touch with Dan Britton to ask if there is any update? Has anyone been in contact with him?


Posted By: pfloyd
Date Posted: April 03 2013 at 16:41
i emailed him about a month ago. he said their drummer was re-re-mixing the album. he was about half way done at that point. so, im guessing really soon. his email is on the emkog website 

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Posted By: axeman
Date Posted: April 03 2013 at 17:44
Originally posted by pfloyd pfloyd wrote:

i emailed him about a month ago. he said their drummer was re-re-mixing the album. he was about half way done at that point. so, im guessing really soon. his email is on the emkog website 
That's a bit of awesomeness!Thumbs Up

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Posted By: Larree
Date Posted: April 03 2013 at 18:19
Wow!  Great sounding band!  Listening to them for the first time as I type.

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Posted By: pfloyd
Date Posted: April 03 2013 at 18:25
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