Andrew Bird ‎
Armchair Apocrypha

Fat Possum Records

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Armchair Apocrypha is American singer-songwriter Andrew Bird's fourth studio album and his third post-Bowl of Fire album. The album features more electric guitars, a change from the more acoustic-oriented Eggs, though the songs are similar in character if slightly more straightforward.

"Simple X" is a track started by collaborator Dosh, who wrote the music as the song Simple Exercises off his solo album, Pure Trash, with Bird adding lyrics. The track "Imitosis" is an expansion of the song "I" (also called "Capital I" live) on his 2003 album Weather Systems. The song "Darkmatter" is also a rehash of the song "Sweetbreads", which can be found on the live EP Fingerlings 1. Both bonus tracks also evolved from previous songs: "Sick of Elephants" was originally known as "Sycophantitis" and "Self-Torture" adds lyrics and incorporates the melody from the instrumental "The Water Jet Cilice" from Fingerlings 3. Haley Bonar, who opened some shows on Bird's tour, sings background vocals on four songs. In an interview with The A.V. Club, Bird mentioned that melodies are easier for him to write than lyrics. He was fascinated with the Scythians in 8th grade, so he decided to challenge himself to write a song about them as a way to jump-start his songwriting process. 

- Wiki

“Chicago violinist and songwriter follows his breakthrough album, The Mysterious Production of Eggs, by adding more guitars and deeper textures to his production, tricks he's been employing live for the past couple of years.” – Pitchfork

“The guitars and electric pianos are decidedly rich in tone and though at any given moment there are endless shifting layers of vocals, violins, guitars and more, Armchair Apocrypha never feels cluttered. Certainly, this is due in part to the exceptional arrangements, but also credit is due to the wonderful placement of the instruments in the mix throughout the recording. This, in part with the further adventurous nature of Bird's developments as a songwriter and performer make Armchair Apocrypha the finest recording he has made to date, an impressive achievement considering his remarkable catalog thus far.” – AllMusic


A1        Fiery Crash      

A2        Imitosis

A3        Plasticities         

A4        Heretics

A5        Armchairs        

B1        Darkmatter      

B2        Simple X          

B3        The Supine       

B4        Cataracts          

B5        Scythian Empires          

B6        Spare-Ohs


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Andrew Bird


Armchair Apocrypha


Fat Possum Records


Vinyl, LP, Album, 180g



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Indie, Rock, Pop


Acoustic, Neofolk, Male Vocals

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