I've been posting recommendations regularly in the daily discussion thread but figured I should do a whole write up of an artist because it's almost 2 AM and I'm not sleeping anytime soon. It's Trumps fault.
Lo and behold, I stumbled upon Jade Bird on one of those nights with random shuffling on Spotify. I've never heard about Jade Bird before but apparently she released her self titled debut album last year and it made huge strides in the british folk scene to the extent that she was performing at Glastonbury, Jools Holland and being played on the radio constantly. Before that she released her singles Lottery and Uh Uh, topping the Bilboard charts in 2018! WHO IS JADE BIRD?
Barely 23, Jade Bird is an English singer-songwriter at the crossroads of country, rock, folk and indie-pop. She is undoubtedly one of the brightest new talents of British folk rock scene. Bird began 2017 touring in the United States with Brent Cobb. She played a showcase event at South by South West in Austin, Texas in March 2017 and later in the year she opened for both First Aid Kit and Son Little.
From an article in 2018, Jades upcoming touring in North America is described
You probably haven’t heard of British musician Jade Bird yet, but soon she might be a household name. At only 21 years old, Bird has taken North America by storm with her Billboard-dominating singles Uh-huh and Lottery — the latter topping the charts at No. 1. It’s not only her music but her talent, infectious charm and unpredictable wit that have won over an influx of new fans. She’s gaining heavy traction rapidly.
2019 came and went, the year Jade Bird released her self titled debut album and made herself a household name in the British folk rock scene. Pitchfork makes a point of her telling off old men that want her to make music in their way, we love to see it!
Jade Bird, her self-titled debut, recorded with Felice, the album’s 12 tracks are all written by Bird and flit easily between country, folk, pop, rock, and blues. As Bird’s star has grown, she has made an admirably pointed effort to maintain authority on her musical identity. “I don’t want a middle-aged white man telling me how to write my feelings,” she told The Guardian. “It’s not gonna work for me.” As such, her songwriting often centers on a personal quest for clarity in the face of heartache. “And I mean it when I say that/I’m not sure who I am,” she tells a lover on opening number “Ruins.”
Metacritic doesn't hold off with the positives
It is a tremendous debut and the quality is beyond question. There's no doubt Bird is the complete package: Deft songwriting, outstanding vocals that glide effortlessly between honey and hessian, plus oodles of attitude to boot. It's a very digestible and fun debut LP.
Is she the real deal? Yes. Should you listen to her debut album? Yes you should. In fact there's some stand out tracks that I want you to listen to before giving the whole album a chance. 17
- A BANGER! TEARJERK! THAT RASPY VOICE! THOSE LYRICS! If this isn't making you emotional then nothing will and you should see a psychologist and be evaluated for psychopathy. Genuinly. Uh Uh
- God damn, the Patti Smith jumped out of her. Those little raspy screams in the end of every sentence is why I'm such a rock fan I Get No Joy
- THIS IS EXTRAORDINARY?? I HAVE GOOSEBUMPS ALL OVER ME Does Anybody Know
- Giving me Phoebe Bridgers teas....it's something with that acoustic guitar and long over voice that could have been sung by Pheobe directly. Truly. If I Die
- Another banger. Another sad song with absolutely outstanding voice. Like holy shit I could listen to this all day everyday Lottery
- Topped the Bilboard charts. All you need to know
20 days ago, Jade Bird released the single Headstart
from her upcoming follow up album
She tells us about recording an album in a pandemic, why ‘Headstart’ feels like community and the government’s “appalling” handling of musicians affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Hello Jade. What was it like making an album in the middle of a pandemic? Jade: “I wrote most of the album in January before we locked down – I was in upstate New York, actually, where I wrote my first record. I was really feeling a bit dry creatively after touring so much the year before. Then I just had this real breakthrough and I was just desperate to record the album, I just didn’t want to move on creatively from it. So in June we ended up going over to Nashville via Mexico. We had to quarantine in Mexico for two weeks for a reason that is unknown to me, no idea why. But we stayed in this little apartment for two weeks and I ended up just really honing in on a lot of stuff.”
You released ‘Headstart’, the first single from your new album, last night to share some joy with the world… “To be honest, yesterday I felt physically ill [about the song coming out]. You don’t want to appear naive releasing something that’s actually quite cathartic and upbeat in a time that doesn’t follow that. I was just really reflecting on that and what that means, and I did come to the conclusion, as I have been doing with all this, that this new album was a lot of relief for me. There’s a lot of healing and getting back to knowing who I was, and my family were etc. So I really just hope that releasing this music gives other people – not to sound cliché – a bit energy, a bit of relief, a bit of a break. It’s so difficult for everybody at the minute, I’m so aware of that. That’s what I’m thinking and why I’m keeping on releasing through this time. You can’t be silenced by the time – you’re in history, whether you like it or not.”
There's no doubt
in me that Jade Bird is a fucking star.