Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is “Fitz and the Dizzyspells” by Andrew Bird from his recently released album Noble Beast on Fat Possum Records.
Over the course of the last ten years Andrew Bird as band member, a band leader, and a solo artist has changed remarkably in both sound and direction. His most recent incarnation, the Andrew Bird of The Mysterious Production of Eggs and 2007’s Armchair Apocrypha is renowned for his ability to craft swirling sound compositions pieced together with loop pedals and multi-track recorders. Recently, Bird has incorporated electronic artist and drummer Martin Dosh in to his live and studio performances, adding yet another layer to his already dense melange of whistling, guitar, glockenspiel, etcetera. On his most recent album, Noble Beast, his second on Fat Possum Records, Bird seemingly has embraced the concept of the full band once again. “Fitz and the Dizzyspells” is as multi-layered as anything Bird has released in the past, but instead of showcasing Bird as a solo artist amidst other musicians, here Bird sounds once again like the frontman of an ensemble. It’s an upbeat, slightly country feeling track, a large departure from some of the darker pieces found on Armchair Apocrypha, and when Bird’s trademark fiddle breaks in somewhere at the two and half-minute mark foot stomping should follow. It’s almost as enjoyable to listen to Bird’s near-always enjoyable sound as it is to follow his transitions from one album to the next.
Here’s Bird playing “Natural Disaster” another track from Noble Beast:
And if that’s not enough, here’s a reworking of “Sectionate City” (from the Soldier On EP), now titled “Section 8 City,” for Nigel Godrich’s series From the Basement: