Friday, November 02, 2007

Fear of Flying: Andrew Bird on KCRW

I was first tipped off about Andrew Bird a couple years ago, in the wake of the release of The Mysterious Production of Eggs. Although the album eventually found its way onto my iPod, I didn't really give it a concentrated listen. I suppose one reason is simply its understated style, at least judging from this live recording. Andrew's voice never rises above a restrained timbre, even at the punchiest moments, and it isn't nearly the catchiest thing out there. Still, the variety of esoteric instruments - Andrew is apparently proficient at violin, mandolin, glockenspiel and whistling - adds a comforting warmth to the sound, which is enhanced by the setting. I'm not quite as enraptured with him as, say, a Patrick Wolf or Beirut, but there's definitely some good stuff here.

This set was recorded on KCRW on April 6th, 2005. Andrew plays at Beacon Theatre on November 30th.

1. Intro
2. Sovay
3. A Nervous Tic Of The Head To The Left
4. Measuring Cups
5. Interview
6. Tables and Chairs
7. Skin, Is My
8. Armchairs
9. Outro

Entire Set: Mediafire
MySpace: Andrew Bird
Official Site: Andrew Bird

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