“[Bird] is a prodigious multi-instrumentalist [and] a lyricist of obscure and subtle wit.” —Vanity Fair
“There are few stranger, magical creatures in the indie rock world than Andrew Bird.” —Associated Press
Andrew Bird’s much-anticipated twelfth album, Break It Yourself, is due March 6 on Mom + Pop; please see below for a track listing. Produced by Bird, the album was recorded at his barn in Western Illinois near the banks of the Mississippi River. Break It Yourself follows Bird’s 2009 full length release Noble Beast, which was hailed as his “most instantly inviting album by far” by the Los Angeles Times while Rolling Stone praised him for “fusing…emotive indie rock with the chamber-music experimentalism of his early recordings.”
On Tuesday, January 24, fans can pre-order the Break It Yourself deluxe edition box set at http://andrewbird.net and receive an immediate digital download of the track. Hand numbered and limited to 1,000, the linen wrapped box set includes the 180-gram double vinyl album, CD, Here’s What Happened DVD, original Jay Ryan poster, stationary and stamp set, lyric booklet and a photographic reproduction of the 1915 album cover image.
Bird will celebrate the release of Break It Yourself with a North American tour set to kick off in Texas in mid-March; please see below for a list of dates. Concert tickets are now available via major ticket outlets. All concert tickets are bundled with a unique musical package including a redemption code to download Break It Yourself upon release date. Ticket purchasers will also receive a download of Fake Conversations, a live EP culled from Bird’s fall 2011 tour, and a second souvenir live EP from the 2012 tour this coming spring.
Chicago-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen Bird became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues and gypsy music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop. Since beginning his recording career in 1997 he has released 11 albums, his first solo record Weather Systems coming in 2003. Bird has gone on to record with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Most recently Bird composed his first ever film score for the movie Norman (hailed as “a probing, thoughtful score” by The New York Times; available now on Mom + Pop), contributed to the soundtrack of The Muppets and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation at New York’s Guggenheim Museum and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.