In a captivating musical journey, violinist, singer, and composer Andrew Bird invites listeners to a collection of nine new tracks that encapsulate the beauty of everyday life through the enchanting sounds of Outside Problems.
Recorded primarily in the serene landscapes of Ojai, California, Andrew Bird's Outside Problems is more than just a musical offering; it's a profound exploration of nature's symphony and a worthy companion piece to Bird's introspective 2022 release, Inside Problems.
Known for his versatile talents that span across the realms of jazz, folk, pop, and indie rock, Bird's career has been a fascinating evolution. From his jazz and folk roots to his transformation into a pop sophisticate and instrumental looping pioneer, he's shown an unwavering commitment to artistic experimentation. The transformation became evident in his third solo album, Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs, released in 2005. This marked a turning point in his career, cementing his status as a musical chameleon who consistently pushes boundaries.
Bird's foray into film scoring with Norman in 2010 and his top ten debut with Break It Yourself in 2012 showcased his wide-ranging abilities. But it was in 2017 that he embarked on a unique journey with the release of Echolocations: River, the second installment in a series of instrumental works inspired by and recorded within the natural world. His 12th studio album, My Finest Work Yet, received a Grammy Award nomination in 2019, further solidifying his status as a prolific and innovative artist.
In 2022, Bird's Inside Problems explored the complexities of human thought processes, all within the gentle embrace of low-key indie rock. Yet, the story didn't end there. Outside Problems emerges as a companion piece, a project initially born from the desire to record Inside Problems in the great outdoors. However, as Bird recalled, "I wanted to record Inside Problems outside, but this plan fell apart when it became clear that some dude with a wood chipper could really ruin our day."
Adapting to the circumstances, Bird captured the essence of the outdoors in his own backyard. The result? A treasure trove of outdoor recordings that unexpectedly evolved into Outside Problems. These recordings, initially born out of improvisation on simple themes, have now become the artistic backbone of Inside Problems, forming an unexpected and harmonious connection between the two albums.
On Outside Problems, Andrew Bird's music mirrors the tranquility and wonder of the natural world, inviting listeners to immerse themselves in its soothing embrace.