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Andrew Bird — Masterswarm
Album: Noble Beast
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6.5

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Total ratings: 247









Released: 2009
Length: 6:15
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Come what may
Lay your eggs where it's warm
We come here to swarm
Come by sea
Swarm like smoke in the dawn
We were the young
We were the swarm

Radiolarians
Midges and moths
Cut from a cloth
We were the young
We were the swarm

Flailing fetal fleas
Feeding from the arms of the master
Burrow into me
And this is sure to misspell disaster
Oh and the young in the larval stage
Orchestrating plays
In vestments of translucent alabaster

So they took me to the hospital
They put my body through a scan
What they saw there would impress them all
For inside me grows a man
Who speaks with perfect diction
As he orders my eviction
As he acts with more conviction
Than I

Oh, burrow into me
This is sure to misspell disaster
Oh, burrow into me
You're feeding from the arms of the master

We were the young
We were the swarm
We were the young
Radiolarians
(3x)

Come what may
Come what may
Come
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 apd wrote:

I maybe wrong, but I don't think he's singing words. I think he writes phonetically* and doesn't bother with narrative, so that's why the words don't quite "work" and sound odd - he's writing sounds, rather than words. Sorta like the Cocteau Twins. I think.
*Sorry if I just made-up a word. But do you know what I mean?
 
 
That would explain the calcium ions, radiolarians, etc....

It's an 8 just for the whistling
 Rooney wrote:
"...we were the swuammm, coomme from a clouugh, midges and moouuu..."

yeah, gotta whole lotta love for andrew's enunciation.

sounsss lukkka kitcheeeauuu touwlllaaa innn the mooufffaaa.

this is not whining.

feetle falelle fee,
miisssissppi misseppled diaster
oh thehe yyuunng in the ()((( stage
(whistling)

must be generational or something.  good for you that understand his special way with words. ;)
 
I maybe wrong, but I don't think he's singing words. I think he writes phonetically* and doesn't bother with narrative, so that's why the words don't quite "work" and sound odd - he's writing sounds, rather than words. Sorta like the Cocteau Twins. I think.
*Sorry if I just made-up a word. But do you know what I mean?
 
I really love this guy's music, although it is not normally my taste.  A fellow Illinoisan. His violin music is so beautiful, he is extremely talented.
BIRDMAN - don't give me bullshit!
 Rotterdam wrote:
Hmmm. Comments are not very positive.
I can't help it, I think this is delightful and happy/sad and innovative. Sorry if I have bad taste.
 

Even though you are from one of the most nasty cities in the world
(aside of NOUAKCHOTT), you are excused!!
JUST BAD - aka BOOOORING!!!!
Hmmm. Comments are not very positive.
I can't help it, I think this is delightful and happy/sad and innovative. Sorry if I have bad taste.
Sounds like loops played backwards. I need to record this and play it backward to perhaps make sense of it.  If I was interested.

oy frigging vey.                   {#Moon}
"...we were the swuammm, coomme from a clouugh, midges and moouuu..."

yeah, gotta whole lotta love for andrew's enunciation.

sounsss lukkka kitcheeeauuu touwlllaaa innn the mooufffaaa.

this is not whining.

feetle falelle fee,
miisssissppi misseppled diaster
oh thehe yyuunng in the ()((( stage
(whistling)

must be generational or something.  good for you that understand his special way with words. ;)
 bindi wrote:
I see that Andrew creates some whining in the posts below. Yeah, he's different - kinda what RP is about, isn't it?

I hate to be a contrarian, but I think he is pretty damn talented.  We went to see Augie March, who was opening up for him - fantastic show.  We left as fans.

 
Yeah, he's different. And no, you're not a contrarian - I totally agree with you. If I could whistle like he can... But even apart from that, he writes incredibly intelligent lyrics and is quite the musician, too. I have "Noble Beast" on CD, and sometimes, I just can't tear myself away from it, so I crank it up to do laundry and chores. And sometimes, I just crank it up so I can sit in my very undisciplined garden, watch the last of the bumblebees do their jobs before they retire for winter, and thank my lucky stars that I'm blessed with life and this place in which I currently reside. {#Sunny}
 Pharlap wrote:

The show in Durham?. I was there too.

Weren't you a bit disappointed there wasn't more of a backup band with him? Although if you went for Augie March,maybe you weren't familiar with him yet.
 bindi wrote:
I see that Andrew creates some whining in the posts below. Yeah, he's different - kinda what RP is about, isn't it?

I hate to be a contrarian, but I think he is pretty damn talented.  We went to see Augie March, who was opening up for him - fantastic show.  We left as fans.

 
 
I've seen the videos with a band and I'd have to say that it was pretty cool seeing him flying solo in Durham.  We saw Shawn Colvin the same way in Clayton - a great experience.

The Dude is Whistling for gods sake!

The show in Durham?. I was there too.

Weren't you a bit disappointed there wasn't more of a backup band with him? Although if you went for Augie March,maybe you weren't familiar with him yet.
 bindi wrote:
I see that Andrew creates some whining in the posts below. Yeah, he's different - kinda what RP is about, isn't it?

I hate to be a contrarian, but I think he is pretty damn talented.  We went to see Augie March, who was opening up for him - fantastic show.  We left as fans.

 


 AdyMiles wrote:
yet another boring, predictable song on RP. i give up {#Naughty}
 Don't slip on your Beyonce discs on the way out the door, Ady.


big Bird fan, but did not care for this song too much until I heard it live... that changes everything..! especially like the version from Live at the Precipice... great performance and rocks much harder.
 bindi wrote:
I see that Andrew creates some whining in the posts below. Yeah, he's different - kinda what RP is about, isn't it?

I hate to be a contrarian, but I think he is pretty damn talented.  We went to see Augie March, who was opening up for him - fantastic show.  We left as fans. 

Your assessment is correct IMO. Rock on contrarian! {#High-five}

{#Cheers}
PJB
Perfect fodder for my new "auto-mute" app.
 AdyMiles wrote:
yet another boring, predictable song on RP. i give up {#Naughty}
 
too bad it wasn't another rem masterpiece, right? {#Biggrin}
 bindi wrote:
I see that Andrew creates some whining in the posts below. Yeah, he's different - kinda what RP is about, isn't it?

I hate to be a contrarian, but I think he is pretty damn talented.  We went to see Augie March, who was opening up for him - fantastic show.  We left as fans.

 

He's great. I've probably listened to this CD/Album as much as any other one this year. One of my favorites (although it may have actually come out last year ) of the year.
Always makes me start moving and whistling along. My budgie loves it too. Love the lyrics:
"so they took me to the hospital
they put my body through a scan
what they saw there would impress them all
for inside me grows a man"

It makes me think of "man-child" who's 20. Indulgent I know, but that's what Mom's are sometimes!
 AdyMiles wrote:
yet another boring, predictable song on RP. i give up {#Naughty}
 
I find it difficult to fathom this comment when we now know what you regularly listen to, Ady. To each his own.

I see that Andrew creates some whining in the posts below. Yeah, he's different - kinda what RP is about, isn't it?

I hate to be a contrarian, but I think he is pretty damn talented.  We went to see Augie March, who was opening up for him - fantastic show.  We left as fans.

 Brooky wrote:

I enjoy all his work —-

 
ditto on that . . .
{#Mrgreen}

 AdyMiles wrote:
yet another boring, predictable song on RP. i give up {#Naughty}
 
Bye bye!!!

yet another boring, predictable song on RP. i give up {#Naughty}
 Poacher wrote:

It was a Norweigan blue. Beautiful plumage! 
 

Its only stunned..

Well its obvious the theme of this set of songs is whistling ....
Movin on up 7 >>> 8
Nice!
 Frater_Kork wrote:
What's with the weird creaky gasping at the end, sounds like someone is twisting the head off a parrot.
Is it a Norweigan parrot?
 
It was a Norweigan blue. Beautiful plumage! 
 cohifi wrote:

I've heard worse.  It's like Acoustic Radiohead i think.

 

I was looking for the right comment - this is it -
really, sublime

I enjoy all his work —-


 lawman wrote:
For me, this is less of a song than a trip through a landscape: it's wonderful!
 
{#High-five} Great description! In a convertible with the top down on a warm summer day.

 Frater_Kork wrote:
What's with the weird creaky gasping at the end, sounds like someone is twisting the head off a parrot.
Is it a Norweigan parrot?
 

'E's pinin' for da fjords!
I think this is....wonderful!

 Joy4life wrote:
There are very few songs that I would             ................oh fuck it, this is crap.
 
I've heard worse.  It's like Acoustic Radiohead i think.

There are very few songs that I would             ................oh fuck it, this is crap.
Noodling pap. 

If I had a gun - I would put it out of its misery.

A 2 at best.

 
Very twee, very Belle & Sebastian, the aural equivalent of an introspective 'Hampstead novel' about self-absorbed middle-class people. Hmm ;(

The Veils - Lavinia - have heard before here and like.
Jason Lytle - Brand New Sun - growing on me, is ok
Andrew Bird - Masterswarm - have not heard but like so far

All flowing, that is my final comment.


It's like a poor mans version of 18 different artists rolled into one.

Meh... 
6 - don't like the whistling or whistle-y sound what ever it is

Recently it seems like every other song is the Andy Bird. Being musically talented and quirky is not a good enough excuse!


Musical valium...{#Sleep}
Sorry, this makes me feel like I'm in a waiting room somewhere, where no one's working
Quirky ... cool and breezy ... groovy!{#Dancingbanana_2}
snap! did it again...thought this was Rufus!!
w00t going to see him in a couple hours at the Greek! (or maybe that should be tw33t)
What's with the weird creaky gasping at the end, sounds like someone is twisting the head off a parrot.
Is it a Norweigan parrot?


smooth stuff...  I like it...  this song is good for the ears...


Great CD!
Misterfixit wrote:

Actually it is a soprano cloaca played in the evacuative style of the southern tip of Brazil.



Too bad they don't give the young anaconda credit on the album. Just like modern musicians to use the beauty and genius of indigenous species without giving back.

 hugoallen wrote:
Is that whistle-y sound a theremin?
 

It's Andrew whistling. He does use a lot of looping effects and trickery onstage, so it may be electrically altered—but it is him whistling.
 Inamorato wrote:

The album notes don't list a theremin, only Andrew Bird's whistling.

 
Actually it is a soprano cloaca played in the evacuative style of the southern tip of Brazil.

 hugoallen wrote:
Is that whistle-y sound a theremin?
 
I will see him live on Friday and will let you know :)

 hugoallen wrote:
Is that whistle-y sound a theremin?
 
The album notes don't list a theremin, only Andrew Bird's whistling.

 hugoallen wrote:
Is that whistle-y sound a theremin?
 
My first impression is that it's a person whistling.  I'll listen closer next time.

Given that the last song also had a (human) whistle in it, I'm voting that it's the real thing, and that Bill put them together for a reason.



cool...


For me, this is less of a song than a trip through a landscape: it's wonderful!
Is that whistle-y sound a theremin?

This song is underated on RP. Come on, this is sort of fun and groovy in it's uptempo waltzy meets merengue kind of vibe. he's got his thing going here, which is pretty unique sound. Love it or hate it, he has got his own thing going.
 OldFrenchie wrote:
Its like Rufus Wainwright meets David Byrne on a the set of a spaghetti western.

 

{#Whipit}   ....HAHAHA,  Yes!!
Andrew Bird sounds just like Ron Sexsmith.  Like impersonating him a la Peyroux and Billie.
Its like Rufus Wainwright meets David Byrne on a the set of a spaghetti western.

First to rate! This is great - I've always liked Andrew Bird's stuff but this is excellent.