Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future
(Blue Note)


The Les Paul and Mary Ford of lounge pop, Inara George and Greg Kurstan return with the 2009 CD from The Bird And The Bee, Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future. After a series of CD and EP releases, Raygun improves upon the duo’s original concept with Kurstin laying down a sonic carpet over and under Inara’s lush multilayered vocal arrangements. The two are photographed on the back of the CD booklet looking like the century 21 version of Maxwell Smart and his accomplice Agent 99. The CD booklet provides a complete lyric sheet that really shines a spotlight on the duo's uncanny lyric writing. Sure there’s that retro early ‘60s feel—Mary Ford would have loved Inara’s voice and Kurstin’s arrangements. The songs were co-written by both, with the multi-instrumental abilities of Kurstan, who must be thinking here like a cross between Les Paul and Walter Wanderly! What’s up with that 10 second instrumental, “Phil” on track 9? /


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