Ireland’s Wallis Bird has been enrapturing audiences for over a decade with her irrepressible trademark stage show and inescapable live energy. Today she announces the release her sixth album, Woman, through Mount Silver Records - Caroline International on September 27.
Joining today’s album announcement is the release of the first single and albums opening track, ‘As The River Flows’, which received its world premiere on Double J’s Stir it up earlier this week, its video is premiering today via Pile Rats and is available for streaming HERE
As powerfully musically as it is emotionally, ‘As the River Flows’ is devoted to Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee whose drowned body was photographed in 2015 on a Turkish beach. “It’s dedicated to the incredible souls who faced death crossing the Mediterranean Sea and to the poor little boy, Alan Kurdi who’s drowning broke my heart. This is ultimately a song for hope.” said Bird.
Written to dispute ideas of the ‘right kind’ of immigrant, an attitude she labels “supremacist and disgusting.” The song directly addresses contemporary, complex issues of immigration, especially in its confrontational statement, “If you can move/ Then I will too”, and its explicit challenge, “Aren’t you brave enough/ To pave a basic decency for humankind?”
VIEW THE VIDEO FOR 'AS THE RIVER FLOWS' ABOVE
WALLIS BIRD'S - ‘AS THE RIVER FLOWS’
STREAM HERE - AVAILABLE FOR RADIO PLAY HERE - DOWNLOAD ARTWORK HERE
A daring synthesis of Bird’s singer songwriter roots and passion for, among other genres, soul music, Woman, set for release on September 27, is eleven songs long but 37 minutes short, pointed and powerful, packed with penetrating truths and flashes of levity. Most significantly, it insists our lives are intertwined with inescapable consequences.
Written and almost exclusively performed by Bird, with regular associate Marcus Wüst as co-producer, Woman is Bird’s transparent attempt to speak out against injustice and counteract apathy through bold, blunt confessionals.
“Like most artists, I’ve probably shirked my responsibilities at times so as not to rock any boats,” Bird confesses. “But I decided it was time to change that.” Her goal now is to animate and agitate.
PRE-ORDER WOMAN HERE
Bird has toured Australia three times over the last two and a half years supporting the release of her 2016 album, Home, where she played countless shows and festivals, all the while developing a loyal and heartfelt collection of supports, including the one and only Amanda Palmer, who caught her at the Woodford Folk Festival....
“discovery of the year .... Wallis BIRD at Woodford folk festival fucking destroying it…“ Amanda Palmer, Artist
Walis Bird has released five albums since 2007, performing some 800 shows this past decade, but as someone who surrendered a finger to a lawnmower at 18 months old, the acclaimed Berlin-based Irish musician enjoys an undeniably unique perspective. Wallis Bird has enjoyed two Meteor Awards, Ireland’s annual music prize, mostly recently for Best Female Artist, and her prestigious 2017 German “Musikautorenpreis” (Music Author Prize), and two further nominations for the Choice Music Prize, Ireland’s equivalent to Britain’s Mercury Prize.
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