On my list of top 5 favorite artists, next to M. Ward, is Andrew Bird. He’s well known for his intelligent lyrics, layering technique, unbelievable violin skills, and he is the tops at whistling. If you’ve seen him do anything live you know how fascinating it is to watch, and if you haven’t, watch this TED talk from last year. Two things I love the most about Andrew Bird:
1. He loves to improvise and feel his music. Take a look at any of the Fingerlings EPs, they’re a great example of Bird’s ability to create and just go with the music.
2. He takes simple loops and puts them on top of one another to create complex tracks. All by himself. And he improvises on the fly. This blows my mind.