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9 out of 10 – “This is a marvellous record from beginning to end. There’s not a moment of ennui, not a single passage that you want to skip even after repeated listens. All this and a great Lemonheads reference too. This is one that is destined for my end of year lists.” – AmericanaUK

9 out of 10 – “The late, great Vic Chesnutt once said that he liked the idea of using words in songs that no-one had used before. I’m guessing that Jon Rooney from Seattle feels the same way. …On ‘I Am A Bad Dreamer’ he recalls ‘I was carnal, I was careful’ and makes you think all love songs should contain details like these. …In short, these are songs that invite reverie and revelry; tunes to be devoured whole then savoured individually.” – Whisperin’ & Hollerin’

**** – “deft lyrics coming on like the product of a latter-day Lawrence from Felt …beguiling, hypnotic and, yes, literate” – Shindig Magazine

“…the reined-in performances and simplicity of the songs training the focus on an uncommon grasp of adroit, heartfelt songcraft that sets Rooney on track to follow the likes of Bill Callahan and David Berman into the pantheon of awkward, visionary American outsiders. Essential.” – Herald Scotland

“Rooney has a facility with language that would give Lou Reed or Bill Callaghan a run for their money although he sounds like neither. The songs are evocative but playfully evasive, earnest and literate without being prissy or phony. An understated gem of a record” – Whisperin’ & Hollerin’

“Virgin of the Birds’ first LP, Winter Seeds, is the strongest debut album I’ve heard from a singer songwriter since 2009’s Good News from Withered Hand. It is a career maker. …It is immediately accessible and complete in voice, and it will have an impact with whoever hears it” – Ball of Wax

“This is mature, wonderful stuff. RIYL Magnetic Fields or Luna.” – Nada Mucho

“Marvellous stuff from beginning to end” – americana UK

“the songcraft is the brightest star here and rewards multiple listens, with engaging tales delivered effortlessly with vocals reminiscent of the late Lou Reed’s” – Seattle Weekly

“slow-burning, lush confidence” …”fucking awesome” – Song, By Toad

“affecting lounge-y, indie-pop with a sincere focus on songwriting” – Beat the Indie Drum

“these songs are laid so bare that, if they weren’t this smart and earnest, they would crumble before they even got started.” – PopMatters

“If you like the rambling folk weirdness of Felt than you’ll no doubt like this as well” – songs:illinois

Profiles, Interviews, Expositions

“…growing up in the 80′s, I was constantly bombarded by terrible saxophone on the radio and MTV. Glenn Frey’s ‘You Belong to the City’ put hate in my heart for the saxophone.” – FensePost

Having been so smitten with recently released track “Every Revelry”, it was a joy to discover that the excellent Virgin of the Birds‘ album Winter Seeds exceeded already high expectations. – Amazing Radio

“Pavement is my Beatles.” – Toad Session (Edinburgh, Scotland)

“In her interpretation of ‘Suzanne’, Simone is the burning bush. When she sings ‘He said ‘All men will be sailors then… Until the sea shall free them’… Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah’, tingles shoot up the back of my neck. By the time Simone reaches the heights of ‘there are heroes in the seaweed’ I am converted. Whatever you say, Ms. Simone. I will follow.” – Warmer Climes

“Do you like your Vegemite on an oatcake?” – Live from the Latin Quarter (Edinburgh, Scotland)

“I have a lot of tweed and corduroy in my wardrobe and it was really a poor fit for Austin” – Plastic Jet Airline

“Frog Eyes played a day show at End of an Ear Records in Austin, Texas during SXSW in 2006. It was like watching someone turn into a werewolf.” – Bad Panda Records

Abandoned Love Records head honcho Jon Rooney phones it in from Austin, TX – Phoning it In (WMBR)

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