Label: Lame-O / Run For Cover The solo project of Modern Baseball's Jake Ewald, Slaughter Beach, Dog, is back for a second full-length album. On Birdie, Ewald abandons his the pop-punk roots and adopts a new style that could be loosely categorized as indie-folk. He also abandons his transparency and unapologetic honesty — his signature with Modern Baseball — as Slaughter Beach, Dog tells the story of fictional characters living in a fictional town called Slaughter Beach. In just ten tracks, Birdie tells the stories of normal people with normal problems. Ewald investigates the mundane realities of being young, bored and in love. And while the stories lack real situational depth, the way he tells these stories are compellingly impressionistic. Birdie shows Ewald's diversity as an artist, but also his masterful songwriting abilities. This album is meant to be consumed in order as a whole. Birdie sets a solid foundation for Slaughter Beach, Dog's future.