BIRDY - YOUNG HEART
Five years on from Birdy's last studio album ‘Beautiful Lies', it may sound like a long break between albums but for Birdy, taking time to stop, experience the world and find out who she really is, was a necessary circuit break. Travelling to Nashville, home to the greatest heartache songs ever written and visiting LA drawing from classic artists Joni Mitchell and Nick Dave was the perfect way to seek inspiration. These gorgeous surroundings and collaborators seemed to know, instinctively, how to draw the words out from Birdy imbued Young Heart with strokes of the artists who had gone before.
The songs on the album tussle between light and dark, between that vastness of space and the interior of home. The conflict between wanting to hide away and being compelled to go away, to new places and new experiences play out across the record. The album opener Voyager is a beautifully written song about the knowledge and pain that you need to end a relationship, but the no-mans land where your partner doesn't know yet. From there, the record speaks of the fallout - the loneliness, the pain of missing the person she still loves, the acceptance of grief being central to love and loss, longing for travel but the pull of the familiarity of home.
‘Young Heart' is quite the departure from Birdy's previous album, 2015's dramatic Beautiful Lies. Where Beautiful Lies was a fairy tale, Young Heart is a gritty realist portrait of the artist in pain, looking for the light.
Speaking of Young Heart, Birdy says: I'm so proud of this album, my last record was a lot more theatrical - there was a lot going on, it was a big production. Whereas this is quite stripped back - anything that didn't need to be there, isn't. There's no decoration. This album just feels very personal - I've grown up a lot over the past five years and have experienced new things that have shaped my understanding of the world, but also of who I am as an artist. This album means a lot to me - I want to protect it.”
‘Young Heart' Track Listing:
The Witching Hour - Intro
Nobody Knows Me Like You Do
Second Hand News
Chopin Waltz in A Minor - Interlude
Birdy, discovered at the age of just 12 years old, has amassed over 1.6 billion streams worldwide, 1 billion YouTube views, 7.1 million monthly Spotify listeners and 4.7 million album sales to date. At the age of just 24, she has achieved 21 platinum singles worldwide, been nominated for a Brit Award and achieved number 1 albums all around the world, including UK, U.S, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and more. Her passionate fanbase exceeds 8.1 million on social media and has seen her sell out venues such as The Roundhouse London, Hammersmith Apollo (twice), Sydney Opera House, Albert Hall Manchester and Shepherd's Bush Empire and perform at the world's largest award ceremonies including British Academy of Film and Television Arts' BAFTA Awards and Paralympic London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Her brand work has seen Birdy announced as the face of REDValentino S/S 2017 and GAP's ‘Lived In' campaign in the US, photographed by David Sims. A highly syncable artist, Birdy has written songs for film and TV soundtracks, including The Hunger Games (2012), Disney PIXAR's Brave (2012), The Fault in Our Stars (2014), and The Edge of Seventeen (2016).
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