Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Eyeoneye” by Andrew Bird from the 2012 album Break It Yourself on Mom + Pop.
Since 1997, Chicago-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird has released 11 albums. His first solo record, 2003’s Weather Systems, was where Bird began using a looping pedal to combine densely-layered symphonies onstage and revealed his unearthly talent for whistling. Since then, he has steadily released terrific LP’s, most notably 2009’s widely lauded Noble Beast. More recently, he has documented his creative process for The New York Times, contributed music to the new Muppets movie, and composed his first-ever film score for the movie Norman. Now, Bird is back once again, this time with a brand new album (his sixth full-length) Break It Yourself out 3/6 on Mom + Pop.
Though Bird is certainly known to engage some loopier ideas, our featured song “Eyeoneye” is one of the more straightforward melodies on his new album, but it still manages to sound like a bold new direction for the seasoned veteran. That new sound may have something to do with the fact he produced the album himself, recording in a Western Illinois barn, the opposite side of the state from his Chicago hometown. If this is your first introduction to the folk virtuoso, you picked a good time to start. “No one can break your heart/So you break it yourself.”
Andrew Bird will be back in Seattle to perform the Paramount Theatre on April 9th. You can find other dates and order the new album’s limited box set on his website. For now, check out this beautiful performance from A Room for London, a one-bedroom temporary installation on the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall: