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Indie-folk duo Birdlips were based in Charlottesville, Va., for a time, but they’ve mostly been nomadic for the last couple of years, touring the country and occasionally settling in a place to write and record. Those efforts have yielded a series of gentle and spooky releases made in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Destin, Fla., and, of course, Northern Virginia. The latest, One Tongue, is through and through excellent.

The group, in town for the week, stopped by City Paper‘s office for one of our occasional Parking Deck Sessions—-but the sun was about to set, and our roof looked a bit more appealing, and so we climbed up there. There’s some hiss from the building’s HVAC monstrosity that we weren’t able to edit out—-just pretend it’s the sound of crashing waves—-and a really well-timed police siren. Birdlips performs Thursday with Thurlow and Cinnamon Band at Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. $8.