BIRDY - YOUNG HEART
For Birdy, taking time to stop, experience the world and find out who she really is was a necessary circuit break. Travelling to Nashville, home to the greatest heartache songs ever written, and visiting LA drawing from classic artists Joni Mitchell and Nick Dave, was the perfect way to seek inspiration. These gorgeous surroundings and collaborators seemed to know, instinctively, how to draw the words out from Birdy, and imbued Young Heart with strokes of the artists who had gone before.
Young Heart is quite the departure from Birdy's previous album, 2015's dramatic Beautiful Lies. Where Beautiful Lies was a fairytale, Young Heart is a gritty realist portrait of the artist in pain, looking for the light.
Speaking of Young Heart, Birdy says: "I'm so proud of this album, my last record was a lot more theatrical - there was a lot going on, it was a big production. Whereas this is quite stripped back -anything that didn't need to be there, isn't. There's no decoration. This album just feels very personal - I've grown up a lot over the past five years and have experienced new things that have shaped my understanding of the world, but also of who I am as an artist. This album means a lot to me - I want to protect it."