The new Andrew Bird EP Hands of Glory is a companion to his recent Break It Yourself album, and the new EP has a release date of Oct. 30. It's an all-acoustic affair, with two unreleased songs in tow with a reworking of the song “Orpheo Looks Back.” He and his band have a studio at his home / farm in Illinois, and they get together infrequently for sessions in an attempt to diverge from old patterns of making music. “They begin with little more pretense than to capture the way we make music together. After a few days sleeping, eating and jamming under one roof we get increasingly inspired and ambitious about what we’re doing,” said Bird.
“Hands of Glory begins with two songs we actually recorded in a church in Louisville on a day off on our July tour. The rest was recorded around a single microphone at the barn in August. We ended up putting the drums on the back porch. I hated to exile Martin like that but it just sounded better. ‘Something Biblical’ I started writing in July well into the severe drought that hit the Midwest this summer. I kept having dreams of a great flood. Nothing biblical—just a local deluge. The day we left the barn it rained pretty hard.”
Check out the song "Three White Horses" below.