Today, Jade Bird – the UK’s favourite new voice – has released her brand new, hugely anticipated debut album. ‘Jade Bird’ is out now on Glassnote.
On writing her 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.”
While 2018 was a breakthrough year for the unbelievably talented singer, songwriter, popstar and frontwoman Jade Bird, 2019 has been even greater. Since her arrival in late 2017, she has become one of the most imposing new talents in both the UK and America – taking up residency on radio playlists, TV screens and packed out stages across the globe. Her new single ‘My Motto’ sits currently on the Radio 1 A-List ahead of her Live Loung performance next week and this week she performed live on Jimmy Fallon (for the second time). Fresh off the back of supporting Hozier on his massive US tour, she’s also recently announced her biggest UK headline tour to date which includes a stop off at the prestigious Shepherds Bush Empire in London. This week, she’s also been confirmed to play at Glastonbury this year along with a heap of other festival slots.
Featuring just a small handful of previously releases stellar singles (including ‘Lottery’, ‘Uh Huh’, ‘Love Has All Been Done Before’ and ‘My Motto’) 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
Jade Bird headline tour:
12/11 Concorde 2, Brighton
13/11 Waterfront, Norwich
15/11 Stylus, Leeds
16/11 Newcastle University, Newcastle
17/11 SWG3 TV Studio, Glasgow
19/11 Limelight 2, Belfast
20/11 Dublin Academy Green Room, Dublin
21/11 O2 Ritz, Manchester
23/11 O2 Institute 2, Birminham
24/11 The Lemon Grove, Exeter
26/11 Bristol Trinity, Bristol
27/11 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London