What better way to kick off 2019 for Jade Bird – the UK’s favourite new voice – than to announce that her hugely anticipated self-titled debut album will be released on the 19th April on Glassnote.
On finishing her debut album, Jade says – “This album is my experience, direct and undiluted, of the past two years. Every decision I’ve made has culminated into this magical process, just as every word I’ve written has spun into these songs. It changes in style, like most of my music, and tries to dodge boxes and genres but the consistency is me – a young woman really trying to figure it out.”
2018 was a breakthrough year for the unbelievably talented singer, songwriter, popstar and frontwoman Jade Bird. A string of incredibly refreshing and totally infectious singles saw Jade become one of the most imposing new talents in both the UK and America – taking up residence on Radio playlists, TV screens and packed out stages across the globe. After writing over 200 songs over the course of the last year or so, she has now finished putting the final dazzling touches on her 12 track debut album which is due to be released in April.
Featuring just a small handful of those previously mentioned stellar singles (including ‘Lottery’, ‘Uh Huh’ and the most recently Radio 1 A-Listed ‘Love Has All Been Done Before’) the 12-track record is a stunningly confident journey that explores finding, losing and most importantly observing love – in all it’s different forms.
From the very first listen, it’s feels impossible to believe that Jade Bird is still only 21. As she effortlessly leaps between hugely challenging themes like divorce, disillusionment, cheating and sorrow, there’s an overriding sense of heartbreak and sad reflection. These feelings are never more apparent than on opening track ‘Ruins’ or the tear-jerking piano ballad ’17 which yearns for a younger and more innocent time. During these more tender moments, Jade’s voice is a clear as crystal and delicately fragile as she warns of what happens when falling in love all goes wrong.
However, these moments of sadness are constantly challenged with heaps of hugely uplifting and joyful songs and as a whole, the record is laced with boundless energy and positivity about love. There’s a hugely inspiring fearlessness in Jade’s voice on tracks like ‘I Get No Joy’, ‘Side Effects’ and the festival-ready ‘Going Gone’ where she invites her listeners to get up and dance in the face of heartbreak and pain. In the end, it’s the truly anthemic ‘My Motto’ that has the final say – a song about the realisation that sometimes, to save yourself, you have to give up the painful cycle of trying to fix a relationship and move on.
All in all, across its 12 magnificent songs, ‘Jade Bird’ is a fully confident and equally magnificent record that will both challenge and reward everyone that hears it. It’s the sound of a young woman in full control of her sound and her song, with stories to tell and observations to share. If 2018 was the breakthrough year for Jade Bird, 2019 will be the year she takes flight and soars.