Andrew Bird 

Along with eccentric one-of-a-kinds like Sufjan Stevens and Joanna Newsom, Andrew Bird would make a fine professor at some school for indie overachievers. Flying around in a genre obsessed with punk's unlearned cool, Bird is a classical violinist, a virtuoso whistler, and a songwriter whose über-literate lyrics wouldn't dumb down a grad-school writing class. Cutting his teeth with '90s neo-swing band the Squirrel Nut Zippers and his genre-hopping group Bowl of Fire, Bird has been following a solo trajectory since 2003's moody, deconstructed Weather Systems. His latest, Noble Beast, finds him extracting warm, eclectic pop from elaborate arrangements, all sorts of violin manipulation, and his comfy and melodic vocals. However, Bird is a dish best served live, where his on-the-spot looping technique gives his songs new blood, and his superhuman skill and generous performance fly in the face of so much ironically aloof indie-shite.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Critics' Choices

Facebook Activity

All contents ©2014 Kansas City Pitch LLC
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of Kansas City Pitch LLC,
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.

All contents © 2012 SouthComm, Inc. 210 12th Ave S. Ste. 100, Nashville, TN 37203. (615) 244-7989.
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of SouthComm, Inc.
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.
Website powered by Foundation