Interview: Brown Bird
Mon, 04 May 2015 12:25:58
MorganEve Swain dives into Brown Bird's final album Axis Mundi with hope, hints at future…
Brown Bird's Axis Mundi [Peapod Recordings] serves as a fitting tribute to co-founder David Lamb, who passed away during his bout with leukemia last year. The Rhode Island group's other half MorganEve Swain took Lamb's recorded demos for the album and brought them to life. A beautifully somber rumination on life's frailty, the record brings together Americana, folk, and a little bit of bluegrass into a musical pastiche that's wonderfully alive. For fans, you'll feel David's spirit, and newcomers will get to know him in the most wonderful way. In this exclusive interview, MorganEve reflects on the record's happiest moments and offers a glimpse at the future.
Axis Mundi begs to be listened to from beginning to end in one sitting. Was that part of your intent?
It sort of just came together. With the exception of "Tortured Boy," which was written a long time ago, they were all obviously written around the same time. I like that you want to hear it as a whole album over and over. Dave and I talked about the importance of a cohesive album a lot and the fact that the album as an art form is a deteriorating thing with people downloading singles and things like that. It was always really important for us to maintain the art form of the album. I like that.
When was the moment you felt like Axis Mundi came together?
I recorded everything at home. Dave's parts were a demo. My friend Seth came to the house, and we re-recorded my parts. We mixed at Machines with Magnets, which is Seth's studio. It was Seth, my brother, and I in the studio. We mixed every song, and we listened to everything all the way through "Tortured Boy." We didn't listen to the last song together. We listened through to it. The three of us had been through this experience together, worked really well together, and we listened through in the studio we all just broke down when we got to the end. That was the moment for me. We just all looked at each other, crying and laughing like, ‘F*** yeah! We did it!"
Was there more happiness in the end on the other side?
Yeah, there's definitely happiness. Our intention with this record was we thought Dave would get well and we'd get back on the road. We wanted this record to be a statement like, "We're back. We're bigger and stronger than ever." We wanted it to be a victory record. Even though things turned out differently, I feel like it's a victory record.
It's like a living breathing entity now.
I love that. Thank you.