BLACK CROW is the second single to be taken from BLACKBIRD & THE STORM's forthcoming debut album THE WATER IS RISING. BLACKBIRD & THE STORM is the work of musician, singer and conceptual artist Marie-Juliette Bird who lives between Colorado and London.
BLACK CROW, like its predecessor BROKEN WINGS, samples the sounds of nature. On this specific track, loops of crow calls, lightning, thunder alongside flood sirens and audio clips of storm chasers are mixed with acoustic and electronic instruments and layered with Bird's intoxicating vocals. The lyrical theme - an undercurrent which runs through the entire album - is of humanity's relationship with nature. WhileBROKEN WINGS offered a soft, almost folk-tinged beauty, BLACK CROW's intense, more rock-edge soundscape reflects the apocalyptic message of the song, of flooding and danger. Eerily, BLACK CROW was written prior to the flooding of both the UK and the USA, but became prophetic when Colorado, where Bird was recording the single, had the worst floods in 100 years as a result of the worst rainfall of 1,000 years, all ahead of the mixing session, which was delayed due to the studio being underwater.
"The sirens that I used in the beginning of BLACK CROW - these are flood warning sirens that I had incorporated into the song months before our mixing date. As I was getting ready to leave for the mixing session, the same flood sirens were going off all over town and the rain was pounding down - I felt like I was living inside of my own song. The lyrical hook in the chorus of BLACK CROW is, simply: 'The water is rising'. And the water, literally, was rising, all around us." - Marie-Juliette Bird.
The foundational tracks of BLACK CROW were laid down at a studio in North London, under the patronage of London based Mount's Bay Records. Bird then spent a year sourcing field recordings and finishing the track in the American West, with long time collaborator, engineer Todd Ayers.
Blackbird And The Storm's debut album, THE WATER IS RISING, will be released in 2014.