November 7, 2011
This little bird
Birdy's debut album is out today - an all-covers affair, bar one original, Without A Word. Check out the sampler below - I particularly like her redo of The National's Terrible Love. It's a bit more uptempo, with a full band and geetahrs. I'll Never Forget You, originally recorded by Francis And The Lights, is a weepie, while her Phoenix cover, 1901, is actually rougher than the original.
Birdy - Jasmine Van den Bogaerde - is only 15, so this album is apparently a way to "soft launch" her career as a proper singer/songwriter. She's giving away the gorge Fleet Foxes cover now:
Birdy White Winter Hymnal FREE download
Note that the iTunes special edition adds covers of Mew and Smashing Pumpkins.