“Eyeoneye” is the first single taken from Andrew Bird‘s upcoming album Break It Yourself, which will be released on March 6th. This time, it looks like Bird will be inclining his new sound to the pop rock spectrum of his music. Using electric guitars and simple but gorgeous harmonies, “Eyeoneye” is good enough to leave us very thirsty for more new material. Not as melancholic as most of his music, it seems to be that Andrew Bird has kept things simple, lyrically and musically, which may turn out to be a good move on his side. The intellectual bohemian is offering a free download of the album and 2 EPs for people who buy tickets for his US tour. Visit his website andrewbird.net for more info. Here’s the song, enjoy.
1. Could you begin by telling us who or what were your inspirations when recording EMPIRE SOUND?
I was breaking up the band I had been in for 7 years and was really confused about what a ‘band’ even was and really analyzing everything about myself and what I liked about music. I am completely unable to express myself in day-to-day life and I feel like if I didn’t have music as this outlet I wouldn’t be able to be myself at all, but I was completely hating the rock formula musically and haircuts and branding and playing for people to stand and drink to and everything.
I made each song in one day, made a video and put the thing on Youtube by the end of the night. I did the Portishead cover (“Chase the Tear”) the day after they released that song, which is why they found it and decided to release it – I guess they were googling themselves and my video popped up 2nd! Anyways, so 8 of these songs were put together for a VHS EP called Parrot Talk, which I made on my VCR by stitching together bits of my favorite movies. This is also pretty much how the beats get made, so it makes sense. My favorite parts of that were definitely the commercials. 1997 Supersoaker and shampoo ads that stick in my head so well. Diet Coke, purple stuff. . . HEY! SUNNY D
But the VHS thing was meant to be kind of tongue and cheek. Like, everyone in the music scene was really into cassettes and having an existential crisis because they couldn’t sell CDs anymore. But who cares. Why should you sell your stuff? Its not worth money – worth something else.
The music I was listening to during that time was Missy Elliot, Erykah Badu, M.I.A., Animal Collective and great Bollywood psych comps. and locals from Toronto and Montreal like Slim Twig and Blue Hawaii. And I was living in a diy venue art colony crust warehouse called the House Of Everlasting Superjoy, so that was a big influence. And its called Empire Sound because I was reading the Jay Z autobiography and thought he would approve. And my friend Kyle thought it was good and he is smart.
2. How would you describe your sound in the simplest way?
A rhinoceros repeatedly banging it’s head into an aluminum shed.
3. We sense your music as a crash between two worlds: the digital and the human. How does this relate to your life?
Yeah – actually, you hit the nail on the head there – though its not so much the digital world that the human is conflicting with, it’s more the spectacle of humanity with no core, feeling like a representation of yourself. This is more tangible than ever in the digital age but is a phenomenon so closely tied in with culture that I think it is also human in its own way.
4. What can we expect to hear on your debut album?
More space. Stuff that sounds good in a club.
5. How has your sound evolved since you started making music?
6. Tell us about your making-music process, from conceptualization to the final version.
7. If you were stranded on an island, which would be the ONE album you would like to have with you?
Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring . . no wait, Slayer – Reign in Blood.
Thanks so much for the love on the EP guys!
Check out Lost in my Head from Empire Sound EP
The Garment District is a new project by Pittsburg-based multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron. They released their debut album on cassette a little while back called Melody Elder. We love it, a lot. You can stream it on the band’s bandcamp page. Of the 11 songs on the album, we thought it would be adequate to recommend you “Nature-Nurture” to start the weekend off right. This tune will surprise you, it’s otherworldly. It’s the one that best sums up the album. It’s got plenty of experimentation going on but it’s also clear and accesible. Thumbs up to this new artist. We’ll be writing more about them soon.
Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles will be releasing his solo debut next March. “Saint Nothing” is the first cut from the upcoming EP Silent Hour/Golden Mile.
“When you spend so much time touring around, you can lose perspective on what you’re trying to do. All the sudden, I had no idea what to do or what to make or anything…These songs were a way for me to figure that out again, getting my legs back.” – Daniel Rossen
“Saint Nothing” is tranquil and meditative; simple but deep. The piano, at times, resembles Grizzly Bear; the voice, at times, resembles DoE, but the way everything is put together, the instrumentation and the evolution of the song… it feels like he takes a step sideways from DoE and Grizzly Bear. It’s good to see Rossen aiming for a different style, a very personal one.
Santigold had been absent for a while, we hadn’t heard much about her, but now she has released a new track called “Big Mouth”. The song is very intense, with schizophrenic beats and paranoid effects that will make you feel caffeinated. The repetitive lyrics work out well because they are there for rhythm purposes and to enhance the song’s dizzying feeling. Here’s the video for the song. It’s just as intense and kitschy, but highly enjoyable, with great drawings. Santigold will be performing on Coachella this April, it promises to be a good show.
Julianna Barwick, who we consider to be the ultimate indie zen artist, just released a new track. “Never Change” stays on the same vein of her latest release The Magic Place, one of the best albums of 2011. A cathartic hymn that floats endlessly through the skies and can dive deep into the sea. In “Never Change”, Barwick sounds a bit more confident, even more sincere. Hopefully, her new album shows personal growth and contains songs that are even more soul-liberating.