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.