Distress | Single
Distress | Single

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"Distress" (and B-Side "Release")

A beautiful ambient journey continuing in the tradition of the early melodic electronica of JMJ, Hammer. Featuring sliced, processed and time stretched vocals supplied by s/songwriter Rebecca Whitbread AKA: Lovelace. iamlovelace.com

Ingredients: Vocals, Armenian Duduk, Absynth, Reaktor, KYMA, music box, glockenspiel, fridge, storm and rain (july2013), 8DIO liberis.

You've landed on the page for UK musician, Andrew R Bird. Number two of 3 Andrew Birds. Find the amazing USA based musician at http://www.andrewbird.net) .

Plunged into the cinematic and dramatic but with the occasional pop song thrown in, a rare instrument or two, sound design and occasional severe electronic vocal violations, a mix of familiar and strange elements have been aptly described as "…like chasing a shapeshifter from a forest into a labyrinthian, neon city echoing with shortwave". Fair enough.

Full of musical surprises, humour and detail, these albums are definitely made to be listened to end-to-end in a complete journey, echoing composers such as Jean Michelle Jarre, Peter Gabriel and Thomas Dolby.


Andrew Bird (UK) is a composer, drummer/percussionist and synth player. A strange and varied musical upbringing started during the 80's as a childhood obsession with Dad's Jean Michelle Jarre, Mike Oldfield, Jeff Wayne and Mum's Boney-M, Benjamin Britten and Guyanese folk vinyl. A very british musical upbringing on flute, piano (and glockenspiel) led to drums, percussion and an interest in (pre-computer) recording and composing tech; 4tracks, sequencers, samplers, drum machines and circuit bending (mainly, accidentally). The 90's was spent in studios and lugging organs and synths across 4 countries, a few years playing Celtic music (bodhran, drums), theatre work (drums and sound design), session work (flute, guitar, drums, piano) and album production including his own tape and CD releases in NZ; "Voyage" 1993, "Lift" 1996.

Now, based in London, Andrew collaborates with some of the best (and most good looking) musical rogues the world has to offer; Sian O'Gorman, Anil Sebastian, Lovelace (Rebecca Whitbread) and Thom Brown (The Gentlemen Project) and Esther Gurr.


For the Musical Geeks:
Instrument list: Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer, Armenian Duduk, Irish Flute, Drums and percussion (various), Glockenspeil, Guitar, SH3, CS30, Madrona Soundplane, Kyma. And a lot of automation.