What's not to love about a guy who can play the hell out of a violin and a guitar and whistle (a winsome melody) while he works? Andrew Bird has been winning over crowds in his hometown of Chicago since the late '90s when his group Bowl Of Fire gave old-timey nods to swing, jazz, rock and folk, among other styles. His genre-blending sound began to include a more indie pop style as it evolved into the new millennium. By the time 2007's Armchair Apocrypha dropped (performing solely under his own name), he had garnered some major love and national attention, making numerous "Best Of" lists and high-profile performances on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."
He's still a genre hopper and lovably eccentric as evidenced on new song "Eyeoneye." (How's this for quirky -- a Chicago performance last summer featured a ginormous white whale contraption on a bicycle carting speakers that wound its way through the audience. Wee!/Twee!) It features many of his hallmarks, including a retro vibe, along with his impressive whistling and creative wordplay. The harmonies and backing vocal tracks add to its catchiness.
"Eyeoneye" appears on Bird's forthcoming album, Break It Yourself, due out on Mom + Pop Records March 6.
+ Listen to Andrew Bird's "Eyeoneye."