Nashville-based quintet Birdtalker will release its debut album, One, on June 22. The group’s song “Heavy” recently earned more than 21 million streams on Spotify, with no label support.
Fronted by couple Zack and Dani Green, Birdtalker blends elements of Americana, folk and pop, taking their name from an anecdote about St. Francis of Assisi’s ability to converse with sparrows.
“The way I experience life is that if you experience a sad thing, it’s almost by letting yourself dive straight down into it and feel the stuff that those things don’t have a hold on you anymore,” described Dani of the new single. “If you ever want to move past the sadness, you have to let it be there for a little while. And then once you allow it to move through you, your heart is still broken, but there’s this beauty in knowing that new growth will happen soon.”
Birdtalker’s path to formation was, much like the success of “Heavy,” hardly planned out.
“Neither of us were in bands before we started this one,” said Dani. The Greens figured out they had some harmonic alchemy early in their relationship, but neither had performed music in public before, even solo, much less imagined starting a band. Zack admits he hadn’t even been much of a music lover growing up, but suddenly found himself exposed to a whole new world of music in his 20s. He began drifting towards emotionally intent acts while writing songs with his similarly newly muse-stricken spouse.
Eventually, drummer Andrew Hubright, guitarist Brian Seligman, and bassist Jesse Baker drifted in, adding new elements until the band found a fully-fledged sound, which led to the breakthrough song “Heavy.”
01) Ankle Bone
02) Nothing’s Right
03) Looking For Love
04) Outside The Lines
05) Autodomesticated Animal
06) Free Like A Broken Heart
07) Be Where You Are
10) Take It Slow
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