Birds of Tokyo
What could possibly be next for Birds Of Tokyo?
What could possibly be next in a line that includes one of the most accomplished Australian independent debuts of the last 10 years, a Gold-selling follow-up album, and one of the most creative re-imaginings to have hit the Australian stage?
Beautifully, the answer is impossible to put into words.
But we don’t have to try anyway. As a taste of their third album- The Saddest Thing I Know says it all.
Grand, soaring and sweetly melancholic; The Saddest Thing I Know is a lead single in the most potent of Birds Of Tokyo traditions... the breathtaking ascent at the start of the rollercoaster.
Touching on heightened emotions, The Saddest Thing I Know wastes not a second before unleashing Birds Of Tokyo’s trademark wall of riffs, with the unmistakable voice of Ian Kenny centred and leading the expedition through feelings of helplessness and futility.
‘You keep coming up for air / To find your own foot pushing on your head’, the singer exclaims with irresistible darkness, as the swell of music rises around him like a tidal wave ominously working its way towards an abrupt, crashing conclusion.
But as tasty as it is, The Saddest Thing I Know is but a wee nibble of the banquet Birds Of Tokyo have prepared. Ever wanting to see how far they can push their creative boundaries, Birds Of Tokyo returned from their exquisite Broken Strings tour determined to create an album far beyond anything they had previously imagined.
And, as always, they chose their own adventure.
Recorded across Sydney, Gothenburg and New York City; Comfort In Exile saw Birds Of Tokyo teaming up with producer Scott Horscroft (The Presets, Silverchair, Sleepy Jackson) and mixer Michael Brauer (Coldplay, My Morning jacket, Phoenix), with the band’s guitarist and creative director Adam Spark manning co-pilot. Armed with an inextinguishable sense of adventure and a powerhouse work ethic, the team took to producing the album with the same sense of flair and daring that the band had written it with.
And while it’s tempting to keep saying that, this record is ‘Birds Of Tokyo as you’ve never seen them before’, there doesn’t seem any point in using that phrase these days, as it is something we can all just expect of the band regardless.