After releasing one of his better records this with Break It Yourself, a record that is critically adored and personally one of my favorites for the year, it only feels natural that Andrew Bird should release some sort of companion record. And wouldn’t you know it, of course he did.
Hands Of Glory is meant to be the B-side complement to Break It Yourself. It is the more rustic, fiddle-driven, alt-country brother to the more polished, violin-enhanced, pop-sounding Break It Yourself. Among others, it contains a reworking of the track Orpheo Looks Back, now simply titled Orpheo, plus covers of the Handsome Family, and Townes Van Zandt among others. Hands Of Glory has that rough-edge charm that gives added character when paired with Break It Yourself. If you enjoyed the latter, do yourself a service and listen to the former. It serves as the perfect mirror-complement to that great record.
Check out the pretty video for the opening track Three White Horses embedded below.
Andrew Bird – Hands Of Glory comes out 10/30 via Mom & Pop (order here)