Thursday, January 31, 2008

Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha

So, here's another MVP from 2007 - incredibly original songwriting and orchestration that blurs the lines between indie and classical music. A violinist by trade, Bird dropped his folk band a few years ago and went solo, and his total lack of regard for pop conventions on this album is really refreshing: he whistles all the time, plays his violin like a guitar, sings about black holes, throws in some harmonica, a musicbox, etc. - yet every song is crafted and intensely melodic. The obvious comparisons are Nick Drake and Arcade Fire, but fuck that, this man is a genre of his own.


"Scythian Empires"

Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha

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