Hotly-tipped trio EXPLORING BIRDSONG have streamed their new single and video for 'The River', the first track taken from their debut EP The Thing With Feathers, released 29th November via Long Branch Records.
Stream or download the track here: https://exploringbirdsong.lnk.to/thethingwithfeathers
Premiered via Prog, you can now watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAM70Tkx8Iw
Pre-order the EP here: https://exploringbirdsong.lnk.to/thethingwithfeathers
The band comment: "'The River' is the first song to be released under our new partnership with Long Branch Records, and is taken from our forthcoming debut EP, The Thing With Feathers.
It’s actually one of the first songs that was written as a trio not long after we started university, so to finally be releasing it is really exciting. Although taken from the conceptual idea that encompasses all of the songs on the EP, it focuses more specifically on the idea that, based on perception, good and evil are never too far from each other and you may never really fully be able to have one without the other.
As for the video, we’d jokingly thrown around the idea of filming in a water tank but assumed it to be too difficult to pull off. But, thanks to our director Shaun Hodson, it turned out way more beautiful than we ever imagined it could."
Rarely are new groups as exciting, talented or unique as EXPLORING BIRDSONG, the piano-led trio from Liverpool. Straddling the progressive pop and rock worlds, EXPLORING BIRDSONG are a band with limitless potential who deliver with their debut EP The Thing With Feathers.
Rarely too do you hear voices as captivating as frontwoman Lynsey Ward’s. Powerful, controlled, and spine-chillingly tender, Lynsey’s vocals help mark EXPLORING BIRDSONG as a prospect to watch, not least in the staggering ‘The Downpour’, described by the band as “our Great Gig In The Sky”. Also playing keyboards, she is backed by the jawdropping talents of Matt Harrison on drums/percussion and Jonny Knight on bass/second keyboards (sometimes performing both simultaneously).
The Thing With Feathers is broadly speaking a concept release, centred on the Seamus Heaney poem ‘Bye Child’ and the story of Kevin Halfpenny, one of the most bizarre cases of child cruelty ever recorded. This is mirrored in the EP title and cover art with broken backbones becoming broken wings. The title itself also references Emily Dickinson’s “’Hope’ is the thing with feathers” poem, which itself is a call-back to the music found within:
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
Having recently graduated from Liverpool’s Institute of Performing Arts, the young group have already caught the eyes of Prog Magazine, Kerrang! Magazine, Kerrang! Radio and Classic Rock Magazine, as well as achieved two Progressive Music Awards nominations in 2019. Having only released two singles at this point, EXPLORING BIRDSONG have been hand-picked to support Sleep Token, toured with proggers Godsticks, caught the attention of Florence and the Machine, and performed at HRH Prog. Unplaceable for the most part, the band bring to mind elements of Steven Wilson, Kate Bush, Rush, Sleep Token, and Agent Fresco.
Watch the band live:
03.10. UK, London - Underworld /w Sleep Token (sold out)
04.10. UK, Manchester - Manchester Academy 3 /w Sleep Token (sold out)