Duet records are generally a mix of cheap love songs and tired ballads. Thankfully, Release the Sunbird have come to give the genre a fresh overhaul with their debut record, Come Back to Us. Led by the Bay Area’s Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave fame, his latest project brims with charming melodies and soothing vocal harmonies. The album has a way of feeling natural as opposed to being swamped from massive Pro Tools editing. Rogue has stated that he wanted the album to feel pure, deciding to go for a simpler sound that allowed the vocals to shine.
This approach proves successful, as the euphony created by Rogue and guest vocalist Kate Long are infectiously sweet to say the least. The duo seem to blend well together, their vocals creating a comforting current running through an acoustic stream. While the album contains some upbeat, feel-good tunes, it’s the more solemn tracks like “Why Can’t You Look At Yourself” that best highlight Rogue and Long’s unifying voices — the backing instruments temporarily lowered to accent the duo’s soulful crooning.