Sounds Like: A lost session from Phil Spector's studios made by a guy with a thesaurus THIIIIIIS big; fired up indie-pop done right
Why you should care: Andrew Bird has consistently knocked it out of the park. This time around is no exception.
Beginning with 2005's Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs, violinist, multi-instrumentalist and whistler extraordinaire Andrew Bird has fairly dominated, or at the very least carved out his own special niche, of the indie-pop landscape. Chock full of mutated arrangements and some fairly cosmic whistling, what made Eggs stand was the astonishing number of impossibly catchy hooks. And just like that, it was clear that not only was Bird a master of writing music, but he was a master of writing a song.
On Bird's 2007 album, Armchair Apocrypha, he expanded on this formula of complex yet catchy pop by bringing the all of the loops and sampled drum work of bandmate Martin Dosh more to the front of the mix. The result was a slightly chillier, but no less satisfying record than the one that came before it, and it seemed that Bird was now on a roll. That claim would come to be minorly refuted though on 2009's Noble Beast. Confusingly (and a little disappointingly) Bird chose to retreat back from the electrogasmic highs he had reached for on the previous two records and turned in what is, for the most part, a folk record. A good folk record for sure, but the contrast between it and what came before was noticeable and fans were left with questioning feeling that could best be summed up as "hmmmmm?"
Well now it's 2012, and Bird is back with a brand new record, and today "Eyeoneye", the first single sees the light of day for your listening enjoyment. Starting with a wall of sound that gives way to Bird's otherworldly voice and a punchy reverbed guitar that would do Phil Spector proud, it would certainly seem that he's on the right track with this one.
We'll find out the full story on March 6th when Break It Yourself will be released into the wild. In the meantime check out "Eyeoneye" and let us know what you think in the comment section below.