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What the press says about The Merlin Bird

Losing Today - Near to perfection?

This review appears online at Losing Today - The Indie Music Magazine. Thanks folks - really, really appreciate the support. Once you've read it here, you can read it all over again at

The Merlin Bird 'Reason and Rhyme' (Self Released). As near to perfection as you can probably get, 'Reason and Rhyme' is the debut release from Melbourne based quintet The Merlin Bird who describe themselves via their wonderful Myspace site as a 'rock, progressive, folk rock' ensemble which I'm sure you'll agree pretty much covers a very broad spectrum.

To describe the six tracks (well four really - one being a reprise of the title cut - the other 'The calm before' a brief but gorgeous slice of Brontean wonderment a la FortDax) that feature here is to say its like discovering some guarded word of mouth secret entrance to an enchanting and magical world.

Review - Progscape

This review appeared in online progressive rock site ProgScape, and no - it wasn't by someone we know. 

Melbourne Australia's The Merlin Bird sounds like no other band. Really.

Just ask guitarist Dave O'Toole.

"There are elements of Radiohead and George in there, but two of our singers are classically trained, and the other sings jazz. Actually, we don't sound like anyone else I know." 

The thing is, he's actually pretty much right.

Review - Prog issue 12

Arguably the foremost print media journal devoted to progressive rock, "Prog" featured this write-up in issue 12.

Hailing from Australia, The Merlin Bird go back to the bush with a folk-inspired blend of prog that greatly exceeds any assumptions one needs more than two people to make sweet music.  Geoff Dawes and Dan Moloney leave few stones unturned when it comes to their sound, managing to create a rich and fantastical musical landscape between the pair of them that has more than just a smidgen of Jethro Tull about it.