Playback | Moda Spira from Laity Lodge on Vimeo.

“Playback” is a new song by Moda Spira (Latifah Phillips; joined in the Box Canyon by Jordan Hamlin on banjo). The song title also serves as an unintentional reference to that scientific research paradigm—the playback experiment—which examines the responses of animals (particularly birds) to recordings of unfamiliar sounds. In other words, if you start making music in the woods, then you should expect that birds will reciprocate. Listen closely beginning at about the 2:20 mark, and we think you’ll find that a real musical link gets established between Moda Spira and a resident Box Canyon bird who must have liked what it was hearing so much that it simply had to join in.