Garbage: Strange Little Birds – New Album 2016

Garbage: Strange Little Birds – New Album 2016

Freitag, 10 Juni 2016

Strange Little Birds is the sixth studio album by American-Scottish alternative rock band Garbage. It is scheduled to be released on June 10, 2016 through the band’s own record label, Stunvolume. It is their second independent album release, and follows 2012’s Not Your Kind of People. The album press release describes Strange Little Birds as „a sweeping, cinematic record of a unified mood: darkness“.
The album’s title references fan letters the band members received as well as the music they listened to growing up. Strange Little Birds will be preceded by lead single „Empty“ and supported by an international tour.

Singer Shirley Manson said, „the guiding principle was keeping it fresh, and relying on instinct both lyrically and musically“; „To me, this record, funnily enough, has the most to do with the first record than any of the previous records. It’s getting back to that beginner’s headspace.“ Manson described Strange Little Birds as a „romantic“ record. Manson clarified later, „What I mean by romance, really, is vulnerability. I used to feel so scared, and I think that was why I was so aggressive — but I’m much more willing to admit weaknesses than I was before.” Each song, she says, addresses “different points in my life between me and a person I’ve loved. They’re hot spots in my life, when I was afraid, or vulnerable, or didn’t behave at my best.” Drummer Butch Vig said that that the album is a departure for the band, darker and more „cinematic and atmospheric“.

Manson’s approach to lyrical subject matter came from her perception of an absence of darkness in current pop cultural trends. „I feel like the musical landscape of late has been incredibly happy and shiny and poppy. Everybody’s fronting all the time, dancing as fast as they can, smiling as hard as they can, working on their brand. Nobody ever says, ‘Actually, I’m lost and I don’t have a fucking clue what I’m doing with the rest of my life and I’m frightened.’ „There aren’t really any upbeat pop songs,” says Vig. “Even „Empty“, which has a big, anthemic guitar sound, has pretty dark lyrics“

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