A Great White Bird seems to be after the same kind of sound that has worked so well for Trans Am, but instead of throwback post-rock the resulting music comes across in more of an DIY IDM manner. Most of the songs are something in between Aphex Twin and Looper but less mentally challenging than the former and lacking the commercial appeal of the latter. Why then am I suggesting you listen? Well I've found the songs available on the Great White Bird website to be rather perfect background music for the grey skies and bossless Monday-induced trance that's going on over here at my office. Plus, the song "Just a Young Man" is a rather charming little song.
A Great White Bird is "one of the musical projects of Dorian Douma. Dorian grew up in the Yukon and moved to Victoria BC in 1991. He started making electronic music after hearing Radiohead's Kid A." The official site goes on to list three different bios so we're going to go with the Inaccurate bio for Dorian Douma:
Having completed his masters in audiology at Yukon College, Dorian is currently an "extraneous signal analyst" for the European Space Agency, which situates him aboard the International Space Station during the summer. His winter months are spent studying the varied wildlife of Canada's north. Both jobs put him in situations of isolation and wonderment, and are much of the inspiration for the character of his work.If not explicitly termed inaccurate, I'd totally believe that bio...based upon the resulting music I mean. What we've got posted below are two of the many songs Dorian has made available on A Great White Bird's official site - two I've found to work the best for me. The first, "Just a Young Man", is my favorite of his songs. It's awkward and sweet, electro and indie pop-rock, in a semi Magnetic Fields kind of way. The second song, "Prince Edward Island Answers", is more representative of A Great White Bird's overall sound and it's in this song that you'll hear more of the Trans Am post-rock thing. Go forth now and listen you Monday zombies.
"Just a Young Man"
"Prince Edward Island Answers"
Visit A Great White Bird on MySpace