Covercentric: Birdy Sings Fleet Foxes
Despite not having blogged about her at all, I have slowly developed a soft spot for Birdy, aka Jasmine Van den Bogaerde. The English 15-year-old has got herself quite a unique niche in delivering stirring covers of indie faves like Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love”, and The xx’s “Shelter”. With her debut self-titled album out on November 7, she is giving away a free download of album track “White Winter Hymnal”. Such good timing it is too, considering the Northeast’s unfortunately early winter this year. The Fleet Foxes cover boasts a fuller production than her more minimally arranged singles, and it’s a reliably lovely, soothing ditty. Download it below.
I must confess to thoroughly enjoying all her singles so far. There’s something special about Birdy that sets her apart from your average Youtube bedroom warbler. I like her quietly subversive practice of picking these supposedly low-key, marginally obscure indie songs, belting them out for the unfamiliar masses, and granting them new life as future X Factor audition staples. I couldn’t care less if her cover choices are of her own picking or painstakingly narrowed down in a dungeon somewhere by A&R monkeys. At the end of day, it’s melodies being beautifully sung, and that’s enough for me. I expect the album to be essential winter listening.
Watch the video for her latest single, a version of Cherry Ghost’s “People Help The People”, and peep the tracklist after the jump.
1. 1901 (Phoenix)
2. Skinny Love (Bon Iver)
3. People Help The People (Cherry Ghost)
4. White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes)
5. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (The Postal Service)
6. I’ll Never Forget You (Francis & The Lights)
7. Young Blood (The Naked And The Famous)
8. Shelter (The xx)
9. Fire and Rain (James Taylor)
10. Without A Word (Original)
11. Terrible Love (The National)
Deluxe bonus tracks:
12. Comforting Sounds (Mew)
13. Farewell and Goodnight (The Smashing Pumpkins)
14. People Help The People (RAK Studios Session)
I’m particularly intrigued by the Mew one, which kept the original’s length. Potential epic ballad o’clock.