This morning, Pitchfork premiered “Three White Horses,” from Andrew's forthcoming Hands of Glory, a companion piece to the critically acclaimed full-length record Break It Yourself. Glory is due October 30. You've been patiently waiting for this (we have been too!), so it's exceedingly exciting to share this with you:
“Three White Horses” is available as an immediate download with all pre-orders of Hands of Glory at http://www.andrewbird.net. More info, tracklist, and tour dates below the fold.
The new record is the product of a pair of recording sessions prompted by the overwhelming response to Bird’s “old-time” sets on recent tours. Reinterpreting songs from Break It Yourself and featuring covers of classic country tunes, these “old-time” performances find Bird and his full band playing to a single microphone with an entirely acoustic setup. Drawing inspiration from these sets, Hands of Glory features two brand new original tracks, a new interpretation of “Orpheo Looks Back” from Break It Yourself and covers of the Handsome Family, Alpha Consumer and others.
“The past three summers now we’ve had these band get-togethers at my barn in western Illinois,” Bird recalls. “They begin with little more pretense than to capture the way we make music together. After a few days sleeping, eating and jamming under one roof we get increasingly inspired and ambitious about what we’re doing.” Of recording the new record, he notes that, “Hands of Glory begins with two songs we actually recorded in a church in Louisville on a day off on our July tour. The rest was recorded around a single microphone at the barn in August. We ended up putting the drums on the back porch. I hated to exile Martin like that but it just sounded better. ‘Something Biblical’ I started writing in July well into the severe drought that hit the Midwest this summer. I kept having dreams of a great flood. Nothing biblical—just a local deluge. The day we left the barn it rained pretty hard.” Bird is set to continue his North American tour dates, highlighted by a performance at Austin City Limits, throughout the fall. Please see below for a list of dates. He will also perform on “Last Call With Carson Daly” September 26 as part of the show’s Greek Week, recorded at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre.
Tracklist: 01 Three White Horses 02 When That Helicopter Comes 03 Spirograph 04 Railroad Bill 05 Something Biblical 06 If I Needed You 07 Orpheo 08 Beyond the Valley of the Three White Horses
Tour Dates: 09-26 Madison, WI - Overture Hall * 09-27 Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival * 09-29 Lexington, KY - Singletary Center * 09-30 Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre * 10-01 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel * 10-02 Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre * 10-04 Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theater * 10-05 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre * 10-06 Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall * 10-08 Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater * 10-09 Tampa, FL - Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts * 10-10 Orlando, FL - House of Blues * 10-12 Houston, TX - House of Blues * 10-13 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits 11-06 Paris, France - Les Inrocks 11-08 London, England - Roundhouse 11-10 Lisbon, Portugal - Aula Magna 11-11 Cartagena, Spain - Cartagena Jazz Festival 11-12 Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo 11-14 Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali 11-16 Enschede, Netherlands - Crossing Border Festival 11-17 The Hague, Netherlands - Crossing Border Festival 11-18 Antwerp, Belgium - Crossing Border Festival 11-19 Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio 11-20 Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
* with Here We Go Magic