Acclaimed Nashville-based band Birdtalker is set to release its self-titled sophomore LP on October 8th via AntiFragile Music. “This new record was made from a place where urgency and timeline were non-issues,” says Birdtalker’s Zack Green, who DittyTV caught up with for a 5 Questions feature. “It was strangely aligned for us to hole up, write, and get into the studio to make these songs. The freedom that space provided contributed to a lot of exploration and collaboration with the whole band in a way we had not yet experienced,” Green added.
Learn more about Birdtalker below and check out the band’s latest music video release, “Tides,” which DittyTV is offering the video World Premiere for today. According to Green, “Tides” is a song about the relationship he and his wife/fellow bandmate Dani share – “the allowing of each other to be as we are, and the venture to continue to trust the ebbs and flows of that dynamic.”
5 Questions with Birdtalker’s Zack Green by Sam Shansky
1) You’re set to release your self-titled LP on October 8th via AntiFragile Music. As your sophomore effort, how does this record depict your growth as a band, and what is your hope that listeners will take away from it after listening?
This new record was made from a place where urgency and timeline were non-issues. It was strangely aligned for us to hole up, write, and get into the studio to make these songs. The freedom that space provided contributed to a lot of exploration and collaboration with the whole band in a way we had not yet experienced. It was wonderful working with JD, a producer/engineer and dear friend we worked with in the past, too. We got to witness each other in how we had grown since we were last together. I think the arrangements are cleverer, the lyrics feel more lived in, and the energy in the performances reflects the joy it was to create.
Though these songs were not written for anyone else besides ourselves, I find that what I value in receiving other artists’ work is the feeling of being seen, validated, or challenged – and that the melodies and rhythms take me somewhere that feels good. My highest hope is that listeners can feel similarly about this record.
2) What else is on your mind to share about the new album?
It is our best work to date. We’re very proud of this collection of songs and feel like it reflects the musical preferences and the things with which we were wrestling with integrity and creativity.
3) What do you do that most people don’t do when it comes to writing, recording, or performing music?
Who knows! I don’t think we feel so special in our methods. The content usually comes from some inner dissonance, and the music is a manifestation of our cumulative histories.
4) Today, DittyTV is offering the World Premiere of your new live-performance video for “Tides,” a cornerstone song off your upcoming album. Could you comment on the meaning of the song and tell us about recording the performance?
The song is about the relationship Dani and I share – the allowing of each other to be as we are, and the venture to continue to trust the ebbs and flows of that dynamic. It’s sort of a resignation to the inevitable changes we’ll both experience, and the desire to continue to hold space for them in our independent and mutual exploration of what love means.
The performance is a slightly more stripped back arrangement of the studio track. We hired some friends to shoot and rented space at the Backlot, a video studio in Nashville, TN. We chose to make the background of the video the same color as our single for cohesion. I love how it, along with the other videos, turned out. I think it is a very clean and cohesive release strategy.
5) Most of your video releases have maintained a ‘recorded live’ feel, avoiding lip-sync, storylines, gimmicks, etc. Why is that?
I have not thought much about that. I do like the “you’re looking at what we are” idea. I have nothing against other methods, in fact, I’m excited about the idea of incorporating an otherwise unconnected narrative to one of our songs in video form. There has not really been a strong conviction to stick to the “recorded live” feel, it’s just what we’ve chosen naturally to represent the music.
Bonus: You’re a group of people living in Nashville that likes to have fun, so what do you do outside of music to have a good time in Music City?
I like to play golf, fish, make really strange and purposeless (other than joy) music, hang out with dear friends and our animals, play board and yard games, hike, climb, and visit the local eateries and bars. There is quite a bit to experience here, no matter your preferences.
Extra bonus: What do you love most about your fans, and can you share a positive story about connecting with a fan that’s imprinted in your memory?
I love how transparent and earnest they are. There are so many stories of people sharing intimate details of their lives with us and how our music has supported them during moments of great difficulty. In one particular interaction, I was told a song I wrote touched a place the listener could not reach. I was very moved by that.
• Please enjoy the premiere of “Tides” by Birdtalker •