On March 6th, Andrew Bird will release Break It Yourself, his first album since 2009’s Noble Beast. It will be his first release with Mom+Pop records, also the home of Ingrid Michaelson and the newer electro-pop outfit Neon Indian.
Bird is a Suzuki-trained violinist as well as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and whistler who has spent nearly his entire life in music. His early work drew heavily on classical, folk, and jazz traditions. (He played with Squirrel Nut Zippers in the ’90s). About Bird’s classically fastidiousness and often philosophical subject matter, the New York Times once stated, “Mr. Bird spins existential doubts into elegant confections.”
Bird released his first album, Music of Hair, in 1996. Since then, the Chicago-based artist has made appearances around the world, sometimes alongside other musicians and other times playing by himself with only a loop pedal, switching instruments in the middle of songs to create the fullness of sound one might expect from a larger ensemble.
Coinciding with the production of his last album, Noble Beast, Bird was a regular contributor to Measure for Measure, a New York Times blog that aims to provide insight into the songwriting and production processes of musicians. Most recently, he contributed a song to the original soundtrack of the 2011 film The Muppets.
As part of his 2012 tour in support of Break It Yourself, Andrew Bird will be performing in Boston at the House of Blues on May 6th. As a special promotion, a ticket to any show on the tour includes a free digital copy of the new album, available for download upon its official release, along with two live EPs.