Birds on new flight path

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - By TYLER BROWN

PERTH band Birds of Tokyo is fly­ing in a new di­rec­tion.

“We jok­ingly de­scribe it as Blade Run­ner meets Ro­man Gre­go­rian-sort of like Baroque stuff,” guitarist Adam Spark said.

“It’s very much an ex­plo­ration of ev­ery­thing cin­e­matic and grandiose and dark: quite heavy.

“We’ve been ref­er­enc­ing ev­ery­thing from Mas­sive At­tack to alt-J to The xx to Nine Inch Nails and Deftones and some metal and a bunch of hiphop, really low end, dark kind of stuff and grime and things like that.

“We’ve been down a path for a lit­tle while and we al­ways want to keep mov­ing and it just feels like the right time for us to take an­other step to the side and go down a dif­fer­ent road for a lit­tle while.

“I think we’re feel­ing like it’s more about build­ing a sound­track to a big, in­tense con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence rather than just a record with songs on it that go on the ra­dio.”

Spark said the band’s lat­est sin­gle, I’d Go With You Any­where, was prob­a­bly the last of its kind so it made sense to give it a home on its great­est hits al­bum Playlist… A Sin­gles Col­lec­tion, re­leased late last year.

“That song was ini­tially part of some ses­sions we did ear­lier this year for the An­chor EP but it wasn’t ready for then,” he said.

“So it just hap­pened it made sense to whack it right up the front of this thing, to say it’s prob­a­bly one of the last of it’s kind that we’re work­ing on for a while be­cause we’re work­ing through a bunch of new ma­te­rial and none of it’s any­thing like that or any of the things around it.”

Spark said re­leas­ing Playlist was about fin­ish­ing a chap­ter of Birds of Tokyo.

“In a not neg­a­tive way at all, I definitely see it as a clos­ing of part one of what we’re do­ing,” he said.

“If that was the first decade of Birds, then I want to spend an­other decade now ex­plor­ing and go­ing down a far, far more ex­pe­ri­en­tial and cin­e­matic path.”

Playlist is an 18-track trip down mem­ory lane.

It is or­dered from new­est song to old­est with Puz­zle from the band’s re­cent An­chor EP in­cluded to book­end the col­lec­tion.

An­other feather in their caps... Birds of Tokyo’s new di­rec­tion is any­thing but bor­ing.

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