Bic Runga – “Birds”
Mixed at (the now closed) Eden Studios in 2005 “Birds” is Bic’s third studio album. All three have been extremely successful in her native New Zealand with “Birds” going three times platinum. The album was quite challenging to mix for a couple of reasons. First, it had been recorded live in a large house without the usual studio separation and just a few overdubs. Second, Bic really wanted the album to have a “vintage” feel to it but still to stand up on the radio. I found that I had to do a delicate balancing act between ambience and clarity, quite a different approach from most pop mixes which emphasise punch and dryness. I think it turned out really well, sounding modern but timeless.
Audio clip of “Say After Me”: