Shipbuilding Co. – Radios & Flying Birds

This new project from former member of Chicago-band Head of Femur is a series of one-man recordings made after Michael Partington left everything behind to move to Taiwan. With guitar, keyboard, microphone, and laptop as his only tools, he has assembled a very good collection of pop songs that celebrate British traditions, especially 60’s psychedelic rock and 70’s experimental & ambient music.  The opening track, 1918 Was Our Year, has a doo-wop feel with layered vocals and reverberating guitar.  1939 World’s Fair combines the quirky story-telling style of Sgt. Pepper’s with the moog synthesizer sounds of Abbey Road – it’s a really clever combination.   We’ll Sort Out the Day manages to channel the euphonic essence of the Kinks to excellent effect. The Policeman’s Plan mixes stylistic elements of the Kinks and the BeatlesThe Last of the Mediterranean Powdered Homes and Alexandria would feel at home in a mix with Brian Eno’s Another Green World.  The influences are palpable and suffused with pride and regard making the music enticing and entertaining.  Other tracks on the album, such as Columbus’ Ladder, Four Dirty Shoes, and Radios and Flying Birds, exhibit more distance from the apparent foundations of much of the album, perhaps pointing the direction for Partington’s future efforts.  Upon return to the U.S., the solo project has grown into a full live band that will be touring soon.  It would be interesting to hear these songs live.

Lyrics: 15/20
Composition: 15/20
Musicianship: 17/20
Production: 18/20
Intangibles: 9/10
Originality: 5/10

Shipbuilding Co. – Radios and Flying Birds 

Tracks from Today’s Releases:

Akron Family – Silly Bears [mp3] from:
S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

The Asteroid #4 – Ignition Slated for Eight from
Hail to the Clear Figurines

Lullwater – One More Time from


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