ANDREW BIRD RELEASES I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN FEATURING PHOEBE BRIDGERS
NEW SINGLE OFFERS A HAUNTING REIMAGINATION OF EMILY DICKINSON’S POEM
LATEST ALBUM INSIDE PROBLEMS OUT NOW
UPCOMING TOUR DATES INCLUDE SOLD-OUT RUN OF GEZELLIGHEID HOLIDAY CONCERTS, MEXICO CITY’S CORONA CAPITAL, LONDON’S O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE, BIG EARS FESTIVAL AND MORE
TORONTO, ON – October 26, 2022 – Today, Andrew Bird and Phoebe Bridgers join forces to share a haunting reimagination of the Emily Dickinson poem, I felt a Funeral, in my Brain.
Sparse and spectral, the arrangement pairs chilling, swelling shrieks of strings with the slight strum of guitar, as Bird and Bridgers trade verses and soar in harmony over Dickinson’s words. Recorded this fall, the song further explores the mind-numbing thoughts, questions and obsessions that Bird brought to life across his new album, Inside Problems, soundtracking the inner demons that run amok when things get quiet: whistles echo in from a faraway realm, bass lines mirror the poem’s allusions to beating drums and boots of lead, while otherworldly sounds and a ghostly pizzicato transport the track to a liminal space.
“I came across this Emily Dickinson poem and found it to be the most vivid description of an inner world I’ve ever encountered,” says Bird. “It became an inspiration for the songs on Inside Problems. Who better to sing it with than Phoebe Bridgers? I sent her a demo and so, here we are. Thanks to Ms. Dickinson’s publisher at Harvard University Press for allowing us to use this poem. As I understand, her poems weren’t published as she intended them until the 1950s - that is, without the heavy hand of her male editors.”
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain is a rare duet in Andrew Bird’s deep discography, which includes standout collaborations such as 2016’s Left Handed Kisses (feat. Fiona Apple), and marks the latest addition to what has been another prolific year for the Grammy-nominated musician, songwriter and composer. Released this summer, Inside Problems saw him enter “previously uncharted territory” (Pitchfork), before his first tour in three years brought songs like Make a Picture and the Joan Didion-inspired Atomized to sold-out shows at the Greek Theatre, Red Rocks, NYC’s Pier 17 and Chicago’s Salt Shed, as well as performances on CBS Saturday Morning, NPR’s Tiny Desk and KCRW, and #1 on the NonComm, Americana and College radio charts. On the heels of acting in the latest season of Fargo on FX, Andrew Bird also scored Judd Apatow’s Netflix film, The Bubble, plus Peabody-nominated PBS documentary, Storm Lake, and will have more to share before the end of 2022 takes him to a sold-out run of seven holiday concerts in his Chicago hometown. Find the full list of annual Gezelligheid performances, plus upcoming shows at Mexico City’s Corona Capital, London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Big Ears Festival, a run of dates in Australia and beyond at andrewbird.net/#tour.
Praise for Inside Problems
"Andrew Bird transports listeners to a lush musical world” – NPR Music
"These 11 songs may be meant to chronicle a pointedly personal inner voyage, yet he's wound up with a warm, collaborative record that feels like a balm for fear and loneliness" - Pitchfork
"A heap of albums into Andrew Bird’s long-legged career, it’s easy to forget the unlikeliness of the figure he cut...the new album’s questing songs gaze inward" - The New Yorker
"Another gem in the artist's masterful collection of LPs...the album offers an inspiring, even whimsical take on contemporary life" - Salon
"It's perhaps unsurprising that Bird has managed to follow up an album — the somewhat winkingly titled My Finest Work Yet — with a record that might be even finer" - Grammy.com
"Inside Problems honors the constantly evolving internal self and finds solace in knowing that there is so much hiding underneath the surface that we may never understand" - Vinyl Me, Please
"Inside Problems tackles the demons that even Headspace can't deter" - Document Journal
"Andrew Bird’s virtuosity is no secret. It’s a disservice at this point to dip into adjectives of praise and find a new way to say as much" - Aquarium Drunkard