Something Else! sneak peek: Andrew Bird, "Eyeoneye" (2012)

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Here’s a sneak peek at “Eyeoneye,” the lead single from Andrew Bird’s forthcoming release Break It Yourself, to be issued March 6 via Mom + Pop. Recorded inside a barn owned by Bird in western Illinois, it’s the singer-songwriter’s first project since Noble Beast in 2009.

Bird will also tour behind Break It Yourself from March through May, and each ticket includes download codes for the album, as well as two live EPs from 2011 and 2012.

Beginning tomorrow, January 24, 2012, head over to Bird’s Web site where a deluxe box set version of the album will be available in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. Each box will be linen-wrapped, hand-numbered and will contain the album in both LP and CD formats, along with a DVD called “Here’s What Happened,” a lyric booklet, a poster, stationary and a stamp set and other goodies.

Complete tour dates and tickets are available at http://andrewbird.net/, as well.

Here’s a look at our recent thoughts on Andrew Bird. Click through the titles for complete reviews …

ANDREW BIRD – NOBLE BEAST/USELESS CREATURES (2009): I hear a good melody and I am hooked — the kind of thing that sounds like it is crawling over and through the nooks and crannies of the music as if a centipede is making its way through the busy forest undergrowth. And that’s what Bird’s music is: Busy forest undergrowth, with a beautiful melody weaving its way through it, across it, and sometimes opposed to it. The lush background is entrancing, often based much on hymn. Bird plays violin, guitar, mandolin, and glockenspiel, (not to mention whistling), sometimes looping it all. But the listener may just be most drawn to his vocal melody, which is that centipede I mention above, tasked not only with flexing and bending over a complex terrain, but also with the intricately verbose, multi-syllabic lyrics Bird can’t help but explore in every song.

ANDREW BIRD – ARMCHAIR APOCRYPHA (2007): It was going to be hard for Bird to top his previous album, Andrew Bird And The Mysterious Production Of Eggs, a gorgeous, moody stunner. Equally balanced between upbeat rock numbers and quieter strings-backed pieces, Eggs had something for everyone, with smart, subtly-humorous lyrics strewn throughout to keep listeners coming back and making it a highlight of the year. With Armchair Apocrypha, it seemed as if he hadn’t even attempted to replicate what worked right on Eggs — and luckily this worked in everyone’s favor. A rather more muscular affair (and we’re speaking on relative terms here, remember), Apocrypha relied more heavily on guitars than strings than anything Bird had produced before. But his signature sense of melody and humor was ever-present, tying everything together in an ear-pleasing bundle.

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