A Bird Breaks the Mold with “The Sun and the Moon”
Every time Adam Bird’s new project, A Bird, is mentioned, it is prefaced by the fact that he is formerly the frontman of Those Mockingbirds. (Of course, I’m now guilty of it too.) When A Bird released their first single, “Polluto,” back in June, I thought perhaps Bird would be rid of that preface. With the release of “The Sun and the Moon,” A Bird is making a statement that this is a fresh and original project, not only in respect to Those Mockingbirds, but in respect to the musical landscape as a whole.
The electro pop sound that was introduced in “Polluto” and has since been cultivated in the release of “The Sun and the Moon” is unlike anything else I have heard and is exemplary of Bird’s skillful composition. For live performances, A Bird takes the stage with five musicians (not including the drum machine), and each person provides a distinct and meaningful piece to the music, layered and syncopated perfectly to create accents and harmonies, providing a depth to the music that is unparalleled in more traditional ensembles.
The synth works with Bird’s vocals to create a trance-like feeling of floating through space among the celestial bodies of the sun and the moon. The lyrics speak of miracles, and it seems as though the song could only be about an otherworldly dream, until it finally clicks somewhere around the last verse that “The Sun and the Moon” is actually a song about finding love and the hope it brings. Rather than being a sci-fi fairy tale, the story is in truth as real as any could be.
Bird’s reemergence in this form is inspiring not only due to his talent, but in his courage to break the mold and pursue a vision that is unique. In this way, it becomes clear that A Bird isn’t chasing any external expectations or trying to reclaim the success of previous projects, but rather A Bird is creating music on his own terms, in his own way.