Birdmonster has come a long way like those slim-ass cigarettes. The local indie dudes are finally set to release their sophomore album later this year, after signing to Fader Label a few months back. The word:
New York, NY: FADER Label, the recording branch of The FADER, is pleased to announce From The Mountain To The Sea - the second full-length release by San Francisco indie rockers Birdmonster. FADER Label will unveil the much-anticipated follow up to 2006 's No Midnight on August 5, 2008 through Sony/RED Distribution.
Click 'More' for more info, including the track list. --Oscar Pascual
Spearheaded by Peter Arcuni, the new album stands to be the band's most compelling work to date. Writing in the isolated wilderness of the Pacific Northwest gave Birdmonster an environment clear from distractions to focus on a more natural approach to songwriting from the ground up. On Iditarod, the band's tribute to the Alaskan race that stretches from dense forest to desolate tundra, Peter compares the treacherous race to feelings of love, loss and the unfamiliar.
From The Mountain To The Sea marks the band's development and growth as songwriters. Breaking away from their previous abrasive style and recording with producer Tom Schick (Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones) at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco, gave the band the ability to fully expand the sound of the record.
Their latest release shows signs of maturity in the form of subtlety, detail and delicacy. Peter explains, "we wanted to make a record that we could play not just on tour, but would also translate to more intimate settings." The result is a record with the urgency of the band's famed live shows that also builds quietly into a vivid landscape of honest sincerity. Peter accounts on New Country "We grew close with our roots tangled and the soil right up to our knees / You might bend with the breeze / You just might break my heart in three."
The addition of Birdmonster to FADER Labels' ever-growing roster of innovative international talent is an exciting step for both into new territories. Joining the ranks of critically acclaimed artists such as Editors and Saul Williams, Birdmonster is set to become an important part of this diverse music family.
01) My Love For You
02) Lost At Sea
03) New Country
04) Born To Be Your Man
05) Concrete Lights
06) Greenland Sound
07) The Iditarod
08) The Only One
09) Our Ashes
10) Heart Of The Dead
12) I Might Have Guessed