Press

“This Seattle band’s second album is an often-gorgeous set of folk-tinged chamber-pop, with a lush, beautifully crafted sound combining warm harmonies, jangly guitars, cello, glockenspiel and more on songs ranging from propulsive pop-rockers to wistful, atmospheric ballads.” -Don Yates, KEXP

“Song Sparrow Research’s quintet of musicians reaches orchestral proportions through the interplay of multiple instruments to include some plucky electric bass work, cello backing, synthesizer sounds, Boyce’s own moody vocals, and a ton of glockenspiel (oh the glockenspiel) for an atmospheric tone. You’d think a bunch of symphonic arrangements by a birdwatcher from the Northwest would cloud up and grey over like the Seattle sky, but Boyce must also possess some knowledge of the miracle of flight, because this album soars the whole way through.” - Sean Jewell, the Stranger

“This band’s music is romantic enough to create an ‘evening in Paris’ vibe, but energetic enough to keep you awake.” – SLUG Magazine

“Take technical Jazz, give it a Dirty Projectors album, take it to an Interpol concert, and raise it in Seattle by parents who loved The Beatles, and that’s what Song Sparrow Research is. All local artists making incredible music.” - Seattle Music Blog

Seattle Weekly Best of 2012: Best Side Project – “More in the vein of contemporary groups like Beach House and Beirut, Song Sparrow Research sounds dreamy, anthemic, and occasionally melancholy. The group takes its name from Boyce’s undergraduate research at the University of Washington, where he worked in a lab that studied the function and development of bird song. He must have learned a thing or two, ’cause Mother Nature would be proud of these tunes.” - Keegan Hamilton, Seattle Weekly

Great New Tunes from Song Sparrow Research - ”Man, the guitar line from the new single from Song Sparrow Research immediately drew me in, but then the vocals gave me an entirely different feeling.  Suddenly, guitars were ringing in my ears, only to be brought down to Earth by the elegant voice.  It’s a pretty strong statement being made by the band, fusing elements of folk, baroque and dream pop all together, creating a supremely listenable tune, and it’s just one of many.  You’ll find ten more such tracks on the group’s debut self-titled album, which you can purchase now from the group; it’s a limited press, so if you love what you hear, get on it quick.” - Austin Town Hall

“There’s a subdued pop sensibility that effortlessly and innately flows through their music. For example, their first single, “As Clouds Drift By,” is a dreamier version of a catchy Fleet Foxes song (if there is such a creature.) It isn’t all pastoral bliss and sunshine though. Lead singer Hamilton Boyce’s voice lends a sweet sort of gravitas to the entire affair. The emotion of these songs are caught somewhere between welcoming the dawning of a new spring and a new love and saying goodbye to a dear friend during the hardest months of a brutal winter.” - MVRemix

Up & Coming – “Song Sparrow Research isn’t just some arbitrary indie-poo band name; it’s LEGIT. Legit as in lead singer Hamilton Boyce actually researched sparrow songs while schooling away at UW! The particular whimsy involved with being the sort of person who studies sparrow songs translates nicely to Song Sparrow’s soaring folkenspiel pop. Upright bass? Yes. Mellow orchestral tunes spiked with jazz? Absolutely. Sideburns? Of course.” – Emily Nokes, The Stranger

Song Sparrow Research Sound Sweet and Dreamy - ”Loose, dreamy pop and lush, sweeping melodies mark the debut release from this local five-piece, recalling the delicate arrangements of Beirut and Travis, and sometimes, the driving indie anthems of The Strokes.” - Gwendolyn Elliott, Seattle Weekly

“I’ve waxed before about the way the moody arrangements of these jazz and orchestral trained musicians brand of hushed rock manages to stay plucky enough to take flight on harmonies, and they do not disappoint live. While Boyce’s voice rarely rises above an indoor speaking tone, the music is deeply and delicately atmospheric. Evan Woodle flailed and head bobbed at twice the typical ¾ beat like you’d expect a jazz drummer to, keyboard player Ryan Batie could hardly be contained in his playpen of glockenspiel and laptop, David Balatero sat plucking and pulling every available sound from cello (and later the biggest goddamn electric bass I’ve ever seen), and Kendall Becker kept her eyes shut and felt out the beat on stand up bass with an intensity rarely heard this side of music. Song Sparrow Research moved efficiently through some cuts from their recently released self-titled and some new material under the crowds watchful eye. Their passion for their individual instruments made them a pleasure to watch as well as hear. In a time where big noise has become synonymous with interesting, what little noise they made was attention getting and well orchestrated without being stale.” – Sean Jewell, The Stranger

“Song Sparrow Research is one of those whimsically beautiful bands. Guitars, cello, electric bass, drums, upright bass, glockenspiel and synth, all manned by five individuals creating a cohesive sound of jazzy chamber-folk.” – Mind Equals Blown

“Charming audiences with guitar, multi-layer vocals, glockenspiel, cello, and other various instruments, Song Sparrow Research give us their hearts wrapped in folk/Americana. Be sure to check them out for some fun music that is guaranteed to make you swoon.” – SSG Music

“It starts with the drums which throb with jazzy intensity—you can see the cymbals jitter violently, commanded by a tight snare. Hamilton Boyce’s baritone wanderings are infectious, his guitar flourishes are electrified and their combination recalls the urgent humanity beneath Neutral Milk Hotel. This empathy is the band’s strongest asset; Song Sparrow Research embody the confusion of self awareness.” – Publicola.net

“…there is a moody Neil Young/’70s folk vibe…” – The Stranger

“I often think what makes a band successful at their start is if they can create their own vocabulary with their sound and then build up from there. From my first listens of Song Sparrow Research’s Welcome to the Potato Famine, I thought this band has done exactly that: crafting a new set of sounds that doesn’t sound like anyone else. I can’t wait to see where they go from here…” – Well-Rounded Radio

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