by BIRD BY SNOW (LP+Mp3)
is the 5th record by Bird By Snow. Recorded and performed entirely
by Fletcher Tucker – producer of recent albums by Daniel
Higgs and Little Wings. "Offering" offers
up eight completely analog recordings put to tape at various power
spots in Big Sur, California – Tucker's homeland. This primordial,
majestic and wild landscape is the primary inspiration for the
album, and consequently Big Sur eminates from the speakers as
the record spins – filling rooms with windswept ridges,
fog shrouded mountains, roaring coastline, golden clearings, and
shadowy old growth forests. However, this record does not present
a simple, picturesque view of nature. As in the wild itself dark
and light appear in equal measure – storms rage and fires
destroy; there is erosion, decomposition, disease and predation.
The wilds of Big Sur are vast and powerful, fantastically destructive
Inspiration was also found in human stories and doings. Lyrics
center around our tribal past and future, old ritualistic relationships
to nature, our potential to be truly at home in the wild, and
conversely our will to change it. Indeed as easily as one may
visualize a foggy redwood forest as the record plays you may also
see and hear tools being sharpened, fires being lit, stone walls
being built, and ceremony being held.
sets out to reawaken an ancient consciousness, an atavistic awareness
present in the land and in ourselves – to give you permission
to return to the familiar place, inhabited by our ancestors, where
myth and magic are primary natural forces. This record was informed
by a practical knowledge and daily relationship with the physical
wild, a deep sense of place – knowing the plants and animals,
walking the trails and peaks, chopping wood and sowing seeds.
And these songs came forth by approaching the non-physical wilderness
of Big Sur with the same respect and curiosity – through
ritual, rites, and ceremony a mystic backcountry opens.
record can be distinguished from previous Bird By Snow albums
in two major respects... Firstly it is the only Bird By Snow record
that does not feature any guest performers or co-arrangers, "Offering"
was received, written, arranged and performed exclusively by Fletcher
Tucker. Secondly "Offering" is uniquely structured presenting
five song-formations with singing (more typical of BBS) and three
instrumental sound events – atmospheric or ambient songs
(the likes of which you've never heard).
to 500 copies on 140 gram black vinyl, with a copper embossed
booklet, the finest quality covers, and an Mp3 download...
mastered by John Golden, digital master by Paul Oldham}
billows, it ebbs, it flows, it trickles, it floods, but most of
all, it draws you in. Tucker has a knack for bottling sounds as
vast as the Pacific into songs that convey both an intimate charm
and a spacious ambiance; they're sprawling but no less direct."
– Mixtape Muse