Esther Mitchell | Do they blame us
Esther Mitchell | Do they blame us


Esther is a wonderful floaty lady with ethereal and unconventional ideas; part supermodel, part hippie, Esther writes playful stories in arresting melodies which swagger from the happy pop of "Shining Star" to the deeply improvised "Honour Now". Eschewing a folk convention in its surprising arrangements and varied style, Do They Blame Us is a truly repeatable and enjoyable listen end to end.


Production of this album was heavily dependent on a community of great singers and musicians who gave their time for laughs and pizza. Tears and laughter as per usual and some amazing moments during the 2.5 months in production: Our 20 strong choir recorded the living room on a rainy day (listen carefully for London Rain), Banjo sessions with Lazy Ed, jam sessions with cheap bows on dulcimers and a found Casiotone (heard on Honour Now). Late night percussion takes meant some very red thighs for Esther and I after an entire track of thigh slaps on the emotive, "Cover Me". You can hear the redness.

Songstress: Esther Mitchell

Produced, Arr, Music: Esther Mitchell, Andrew Bird.

Engineer: Hairy Rob at The Fortress Studios, London. Darren Poole at Abandon Music, London. Choir and additional recording in Andrew's living room, with tea.

Musicians: Esther Mitchell, Andrew Bird, Darren Poole, Bruce Conlon, Lazy Ed. The "Do they blame us Choir".

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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.