Saturday, September 29, 2007

Covers, B-Sides, and Rarities: Andrew Bird’s “Self-Torture”

Half of you’d be reading today’s post’s title, and cry out to yourself, “Why the hell would Andrew Bird want to torture himself?” Though it may somehow sound like so, it is in fact far from what you may presumably think. Since we’re on the topic of all things Andrew Bird (since we’re on the topic of all things Beirut, since we’re on the topic of all things…whatever), is it just me, or does it feel like there’s a theme going on? – I hate themes.

Nevertheless! Andrew Bird is mighty fucking brilliant, so exceptions do apply to those who begs and deserves it. ‘Self-Torture’ is one of the many ‘quite rare’ tracks that you may not find in Bird’s latest album, Armchair Apochrypha, and a b-side as good as this are signs of greater things to come particularly referring to the record itself. ‘Self-Torture’ is embossed with haunting almost eerie tones, trimmed with far-off waiflike whistling. The song is so delicate and frail, surrounded by ethereal vibes, that it’s sure to enthrall you even at the first listen; another proof of how Andrew Bird brilliantly does it yet again.

|mp3| Andrew Bird – Self-Torture