I am a huge fan of The Matches. Well, I was. They announced their breakup a few weeks back. Like most of their fans, I was both saddened to see the Matches go and anxious to see the members’ new projects. With the official launch of Jon Devoto’s band, Bird by Bird, I can breathe easy. The Matches may be gone but this new project, which is sure to be just the first of a few, excite me. Bird by Bird sounds a lot like a stripped down version of The Matches, charming and sophisticated. “Delirious” is a catchy acoustic tune that is sure to be stuck in my head for the next few hours at least. Damn. If we can get another project like this from Shawn Harris, maybe The Matches breaking up was not such a bad thing.

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