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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


The release comes after the musician hosted a superb live stream from London's Wilton's Music Hall.

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Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Birdy has unveiled another taste of her forthcoming record, Young Heart, with the release of Second Hand News. The rousing piano ballad details the emotions of speculation and conjecture that can arise when drifting apart from a partner.

Taking to the stage at the oldest music hall in the world over the weekend, the musician performed a bevy of songs from her illustrious career, covering the last twelve years. Accompanied by a band that included eight string players, a clarinet player and a French horn player, Birdy treated fans to a handful of tracks from her forthcoming album, performed live for the very first time.

With Young Heart scheduled to drop later this month, the record is set to tussle between light and dark, between that vastness of space and the interior of home, The conflict between wanting to hide away and being compelled to go away, to new places and new experiences play out across the record. Where previous records have had a magical aura around them, Young Heart navigates uncharted territory, painting a portrait of an artist in pain, looking for the light.

Speaking of the new record, Birdy shares: “I’m so proud of this album, my last record was a lot more theatrical – there was a lot going on, it was a big production. Whereas this is quite stripped back - anything that didn’t need to be there, isn’t. There’s no decoration. This album just feels very personal – I’ve grown up a lot over the past five years and have experienced new things that have shaped my understanding of the world, but also of who I am as an artist. This album means a lot to me - I want to protect it.”

Having been discovered at the age of twelve, Birdy shot to fame in 2011 with the release of her debut self-titled record. The album featured the singers cover of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love, which sent her to the top of the charts in Australia, gaining critical acclaim which led to a sold-out headline performance at the Sydney Opera House. Fast forward ten years later and Birdy has 21 platinum singles worldwide, 1.6 billion audio streams worldwide, 1 billion YouTube views, GRAMMY and Bird Award nominations and penned tracks for blockbuster films including The Hunger Games, Disney PIXAR’s Brave and The Fault in Our Stars.

Second Hand News is out now! Watch a live performance of the track below.


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