Canadian singer-songwriter Astral Swans just released his first track of 2020, ‘Bird Songs,’ along with a music video.
The Calgary-based artist’s new song is a catchy hit about paranoia, failure, and self-sabotage.
“I penned this song while on tour in Europe,” says Astral Swans, also known as Matthew Swann.
“Walking through Amsterdam’s Vondelpark right before Christmas, I was alone, underdressed, and submerged in depressed self loathing. The lyrics are the imagined paranoid heckling of the animals within the park of my mind. They mock me and the reality I have brought upon myself.”
Due to the ongoing revelations of harrowing injustice, and systemic racism against BIPOC throughout North America, all Bandcamp sales of ‘Bird Songs’ will be donated to Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society based in Swann’s hometown of Calgary, AB, Canada.
“It’s a song about self-sabotage,” reveals Swann. “This track is about keeping someone really wonderful at arm’s length out of fear, self-protection, mental illness, and selfishness.”
This song is self-produced with sound engineer Paul Chirka, who recorded Swann’s 2018 album, ‘Strange Prison.’ Calgary-based musician Laura Hickli joined on background vocals, with drums by Brock Geiger (Reuben and the Dark), as well as rhythm guitar by Jim Bryson (Kathleen Edwards, The Tragically Hip, Howe Gelb).
‘Bird Songs’ captures losing something special by your own hand, slowly and almost methodically, out of some terrible instinct of warped, misguided self-protection.
“In the song, I contrast these dark themes against an upbeat melody, exploring the absurdity of human behavior,” Swann adds.