New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Nashville-based indie/folk group Birdtalker released today their long-awaited sophomore album Birdtalker, available everywhere through AntiFragile Music. The follow-up to their 2018 critically acclaimed debut One, the band find solid ground with their self-titled effort and step into their own with their most confident and unrestrained set of songs to date.
"This album is about figuring out how to find your way in spite of being unsure, and also the feeling of loss that comes with letting go of the old ways," stated the band. "When you plug your life's navigation back into your own gut, how scary and great that feels at the same time."
The band also shared their new official video for "Old Sob Story," which they called "a bit dark and a bit silly. Just like us." PopMatters raved, "Its rambunctious energy reflects the band as a whole, with melodies as driving and persistent as its aforementioned clowns."
Fronted by Zack and Dani Green, along with Brian Seligman (guitar), Jesse
Baker (bass), and newcomer Chris Wilson (drums/percussion), Birdtalker explore how to navigate the unknown, embrace uncertainty, and learn to let go. With the unexpected success of their 2017 breakout single "Heavy
" (now over 80 million streams worldwide), the band had to write, record, and release their first album with a sense of urgency. The whirlwind debut (which garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, NPR Music, Billboard, World Cafe, American Songwriter, and Relix among others) led to non-stop touring, festival appearances, and even their debut performance on the world famous Grand Ole Opry.
This time around, the group found themselves much more comfortable in their own skin with no deadlines, zero restrictions, and a crystal-clear vision. It allowed them the time and space to be more explorative and curious, which can be heard in the expanded sonic palette across the album and the creative confident songwriting. The band recently spoke with Ditty TV and stated, "This new record was made from a place where urgency and timeline were non-issues. It was strangely aligned for us to hole up, write, and get into the studio to make these songs. The freedom that space provided contributed to a lot of exploration and collaboration with the whole band in a way we had not yet experienced. I think the arrangements are cleverer, the lyrics feel more lived in, and the energy in the performances reflects the joy it was to create."
This summer, Birdtalker teased out a series of new songs from the album, starting with the lead single "Better Days," a tranquil yet stirring tune that found the quintet reawakening and optimistically looking forward. It was followed by "Old Sob Story," a rollicking song full of bravado and sass that Rolling Stone called "at times evoking the dramatic flair of the Decemberists' Colin Meloy, at others the bravado (and glammy tones of Marc Bolan." Other standouts included the emphatic track "Taking Control," the breezy duet "Tides," and the defiant "I Know," which the band described as "a song about trusting the stomach, not necessarily the uncountable programmed stories and information we receive along the way."
Birdtalker this fall during their extensive 30+ date nationwide tour in support of their new album. Watch their official tour announce video HERE. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, please visit www.birdtalkermusic.com/tour.
1) Right On Time
2) I Know
3) Better Days
4) Clear Water
5) Old Sob Story
6) The Dream
7) Taking Control
9) Nothing Ever Stays
12) Apes In A Daydream
10/08 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
10/09 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
10/22 - Aspen, CO @ Wheeler Opera House
10/23 - Denver, CO @ Globe
10/24 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
10/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The State
10/28 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
10/29 - Vancouver, BC, Canada @ The Fox Cabaret
10/30 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
11/02 - Sacramento, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post
11/03 - Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theatre
11/04 - Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone Berkley
11/05 - Felton, CA @ Felton Music
11/09 - Anaheim, CA @ The Parish at House of Blues Anaheim
11/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
11/11 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
11/12 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
11/13 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
11/16 - Waco, TX @ Common
11/17 - Austin, TX @ Antone's
11/18 - San Antonio, TX @ Sam's Burger Joint
11/19 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music
11/20 - Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips
11/21 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Ponyboy