BIRDS and ARROWS create unique music that is “full of romance and energy”, “enchanting”, and “the kind you fall in love with”. And their new holiday EP “Holiday Forever” is no different. Immediately following the release of their critically acclaimed third full length record “Coyotes” Andrea and Pete Connolly have created heartwarming and beautiful renditions of old holiday classics as well as new classic originals. These new songs are quirky, thoughtful and at times intriguingly adorable. “Holiday Forever” was mixed by Chris Stamey of the dBʼs who considers it a “superb, evocative take on the December Holidays” and says it “makes me hope they are also working on EPs for all the rest of the year’s hotspots . . . Valentine’s Day draws near, guys!”
“Holiday Forever” features the song ”In Carolina” which is sure to be the new americana holiday anthem for North Carolinians. Listen for it on NPR/WUNC’s Last Motel with Eric Hodge this holiday season.
Also check out their recent third full length release “Coyotes”! Andrea and Pete Connolly have written their lives into this latest 2013 Birds and Arrows release. Inspired by their bucolic surroundings, the record was recorded at the couples small, 19th-century, school house turned cabin nestled in the woods on an 88 acre horse farm in Rougemont, NC. The sweeping melodies throughout “Coyotes” are beautiful and light. The song crafting on “Coyotes” can evoke a wide range of emotions, that at moments can make you smile and then quickly shift into nostalgic melancholy. Corbie Hill of Independent Weekly noted “After six years as a band, it seems as if the Connollys have come to a point of comfort, not only musically but personally: Their new rural home, where they moved in early 2012, enables these two to live as they have wanted to for years. Andrea is surrounded by horses, while Pete drags fields and mends fences in the rural quiet.” ,
“Coyotes” features amazing North Carolina artists such as cellist Josh Starmer, bassist Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five, James Wallace of Mount Moriah, Jeff Crawford of Roman Candle, Wendy Spitzer of Felix Obelix, Billy Sugarfix of Evil Wiener. Also, Dirk Shumaker of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Baltimore artists Andrew Grimm and Dave Hadley of June Star on guitar and pedal Steel.
Mixed by Chris Stamey of the dB’s…..”Coyotes has a polished yet still organic sound that emotes desperation and longing with a hopeful overtone”. Stamey also describes the album as “An amazing record, overflowing with invention, dedication and exuberance.”
“Coyotes” was featured on Google Playʼs New Americana Collection and Birds and Arrows were a featured artist on Amazonʼs 2013 Americana Event.
-photo taken by Adam Dodd
-photo taken by Bill Hudson
-photo taken by Bill Hudson
Other things people say about Birds and Arrows“Coyotes” is “an amazing record, overflowing with invention, dedication and exuberance”. -Chris Stamey of the dB’s “The honeymoon sweetness of their earlier work has been replaced with a maturity and depth appropriate for musicians whose lives and work are gaining seriousness and acclaim.” -Frank Stasio of NPR’s The State of Things “The sound of Birds & Arrows’ “Firefly” feels like coming to the edge of something, shedding layers, listening to swells and nuances of emotion and thought that can directly transport you to a past (or bring this past suddenly into your present)”. - Marie Garlock and Andrew Synowiez of Hueism Pictures “impeccably crafted…the perfect mix of harrowing delicacy and beatific refinement” - Chris Parker of Independent Weekly “Coyotes (Redeye Distribution), the third album by local trio Birds and Arrows, recalls the1973’s cult classic Buckingham Nicks. With production from the great Chris Stamey, the album’s pastoral songs center on the deeply emotional blend of Andrea and Pete Connolly’s intertwined voices, with Josh Starmer’s cello as sonic counterpoint.” -RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER “After six years as a band, it seems as if the Connollys have come to a point of comfort, personally and musically” ”Four years into their marriage, and three finished albums into their tenure as a band, they still exude honeymoon sweetness” and “Coyotes is their most ambitious album to date” -Corbie Hill or Shuffle Magazine and the Triangle’s Independent weekly “Suspend disbelief and enter Starmaker- if only for 47 pretty minutes- a world where road trips against all odds are gorgeously strung metaphors” Birds and Arrows second full length record “We’re Gonna Run” was revered as “the best moment of the bands career, a promise that they’ve got real range”
- Grayson Currin , Shuffle Magazine
“There is a violent tension in the moniker Birds and Arrows, but the music that couple Pete and Andrea Connolly craft, spins that friction away from brutality and into elegant, elemental heights. If you take even just one passing listen to their music, it’s apparent these are voices that aren’t in harmony so much as interlocked. It’s as if two people wandering around the woods suddenly came upon each other and realized they were singing the same song” - Ashley Melzer, The Mill “There’s a sepia-toned but strong-willed romanticism to the texture- and harmony-rich tunes of Birds and Arrows, the duo of Andrea and Pete Connolly. Inside these pop-righteous, country-graceful numbers, they keep each other awake on long road trips and rejoice even in the sight of peril, one’s voice bolstering the other like lifelong support.” - Grayson Currin, Independent Weekly