Shining Bird today release the shimmering track ‘Out Of The Black’, the band’s first new music since the 2021 album Deadlands, and the first taste of album number four which is set for release in 2024.
‘Out Of The Black’ is a gorgeous shimmering track. With singer Dane Taylors deep resonant vocals reminiscent of Tindersticks or The National (as a point of reference), the instrumentation is lush and layered with weeping strings carrying the track into another territory – cinematic and bold with an anthemic flourish. A saxophone fringe adds extra luster to the canvas.
It’s been three years since the band released any material, a time of profound change. Russell Webster from the band explains:
Our attention has turned to things in front of and inside us. Love and loss. Interior landscapes and weather systems. The reasons for why we make and play music have evolved. Or have perhaps been remembered.
The genetic code for the track is impressive. The track was recorded with Tim Whitten (The Go-Betweens, Powderfinger, Augie March) and they also collaborated with Greg Walker (Machine Translations) on the evocative string arrangements.
It is a stunning and beautiful return and one of the contenders for single of the year for me.
Out through Spunk! Records/Virgin Music Australia, ‘Out of the Black’ is out today and available to download and stream here.
Shining Bird is:
Dane Taylor – Vocals, Guitars
Russell Webster – Keyboards, Electronics
Alastair Webster – Lead Guitar
Nathan Stratton – Bass
Ricci Quirke – Drums
James Kates – Drums/Percussion
Michael Slater – Saxophone