EXPLORING BIRDSONG release new single / video – The Downpour
Written by Lexi on 9th November 2019
Hotly-tipped trio EXPLORING BIRDSONG have released their stunning new single and video for ‘The Downpour’, another glimpse of their anticipated debut EP The Thing With Feathers, released 29th November via Long Branch Records.
Stream and download the track, and pre-order the EP here: https://exploringbirdsong.lnk.to/thethingwithfeathers
Watch the video here:
The band comment:
“‘The Downpour’ has always has been a special song for us. Written more or less in the space of a night, the song focuses directly on loss, and the emotional turmoil that can come with it. With this is mind, our intention was to leave it open to interpretation lyrically – due to the emotional nature of the lyrical content, we felt it important that the listener is able to make the song as personal to them as it is us.”
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 up to now, EXPLORING BIRDSONG had 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.
2 The River
3 The Sinking Question
4 The Thing With Feathers
5 The Baptism
6 The Downpour
7 Deliverance (Physical Bonus Track)