Ritchie Young has yet to find a label for Loch Lomond's follow-up to 2003's When We Were Mountains (In Music We Trust), but the leadman has got the whole thing recorded and given it the tense title Lament for Children. The album was recorded with two different bands, as Young lost Rob Oberdorfer to the Standard and Kate OBrien to Iretsu half way through the recording. "Bird and a Bear" is one of the album's lighter tracks, revealing Young's increasingly refined sense of melody and storytelling. Okay, the storytelling is a little opaque. What spinning plates, having a friend who looks like a bear and wearing a bird suit have to do with anything I don't know. But listen to the man's voice. It's so beautiful that he could be reading an instruction manual to a propane grill and this song would sound like an allegory.