Her long-awaited album ‘Young Heart’ features the rousing piano ballad “Second Hand News,” “Deepest Lonely,” is quite the departure from Birdy’s previous album, 2015’s dramatic ‘Beautiful Lies.’ Where Beautiful Lies was a fairy tale, Young Heart is a gritty realist portrait of the artist in pain, looking for the light.
The songs on the album 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.
Birdy says about the album, ” 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.”
Album opener “Voyager” is a beautifully written song about the knowledge and pain that you need to end a relationship, but the no-man’s land where your partner doesn’t know yet. From there, the record speaks of the fallout – the loneliness, the pain of missing the person one still loves, the acceptance of grief being central to love and loss, longing for travel but the pull of the familiarity of home.
Birdy will play an intimate special performance at Kentish Town Forum on November 21st, a venue she last played in 2014. The intimate performance will be Birdy’s first headline show since 2016 and marks Birdy’s return to the stage, with many more dates to be announced in due course.