The Avett Bros. – Magpie and The Dandelion

Magpie and The Dandelion is the latest album from North Carolina folk artists, The Avett Brothers.  It is their 8th full length album and a follow up to last years The Carpenter – which was listed at No. 41 on Rolling Stones best albums of 2012 and nominated for a Grammy.

In August, the band wrote an open letter to their fans about the release of the new album. In the the letter they stated. “We’ve got to let you in on a little secret because you’ve been so good to us. While we were working on The Carpenter, we were so inspired that we wrote another record as well. During those sessions, we just felt it. Working with Rick Rubin again, we tapped into something very special. It’s like everybody was in the same zone.”

NPR starting streaming the album a week before its release. You can check it out here.

The album is true and consistent with the bands signature blend of folk, rock and beatles influenced pop sounds. My favorite track off the album is “Good to You”, a sweet, piano filled love song.

Here is what the band has to say about the spirit of the album, “If you think about a Magpie, it’s a bird from the crow family. You can see them everywhere, and they’ve got this strange grace. And, we all know what a dandelion is. It reminds you of being a kid and watching a flower come apart on a summer day. There’s a youthful wonder in that. Those kinds of feelings live and breathe inside this album.”

I’m completely in love with this record, as I am with most of the efforts put forth by the Avett Brothers. I’ll be adding this one to my soundtrack for autumn, something about it just makes me want to throw on scarf and go play in the leaves.