Andrew Bird - Hark! (Red Vinyl)
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Andrew Bird’s new holiday album Hark! features festive classics like “Oh Holy Night” and “Christmas is Coming,” plus original songs inspired by the COVID pandemic. It also includes less-traditional holiday songs such as John Prine’s “Souvenirs”.
Initially, he wanted to make a Vince Guaraldi cover album, partly due to his love for A Charlie Brown Christmas and ice skating. At the same time, working on a Christmas album was an unexpected development during 2020 for Bird.
In a recent interview for KCRW Bird said...
“I sort of stumbled into it and just started gathering songs because I was honestly feeling a bit uninspired early this year,” he says. “But if you told me a few years ago that I'd be doing a Christmas album I’d think, ‘What happened? Did my career plateau and I'm just doing a cash grab?’”
He says one of his favorite Christmas albums is Merry Christmas, Bing Crosby’s 1945 record. “That sort of syrupy, crooning, slower jazz ballad tunes like ‘White Christmas’ are some of my favorite tunes. And it's something about that dark … crooning that works for me.”
Limited Edition heavyweight RED vinyl produced by Loma Vista Recordings.