The inimitable Jade Bird has shared a trio of stunning acoustic tracks for the latest edition of Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’, a series in which artists perform from home while in quarantine.
The last couple of years have undoubtedly been massive for the Londoner, who shared her critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album in April of 2019. Topping the US Heatseekers chart with the record, countless shows and tireless writing sessions for the young artist have led up to the release of her recent single, “Headstart”, in early November, and “Houdini” later in the month.
“‘Headstart’ came out of a trip I made to upstate New York at the beginning of the year,” Bird explained of the track. “Being there, I was immediately taken back to the magic and inspiration of creating the first album.
“It’s quite a light-hearted song, about liking someone who just can’t see the signs, but more than that releasing it feels like a way to give a bit of joy to the end of the year. It feels like community to me, and it makes me want to sing again.”
To celebrate the release of her new singles, and the announcement of new live shows for next year, Bird took to her garden in Austin, Texas to perform a stripped back acoustic set for Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’ series.
With a heavy breeze blowing leaves everywhere (“I feel like the earth’s falling on our heads,” Bird quipped), the duo quickly jump into a gorgeous rendition of “Headstart”, before launching into a cover of Radiohead’s “Black Star”, borrowing heavily from Gillian Welch’s version of the track.
Closing out the set, the pair offered up a version of 2019’s “Does Anybody Know”, with Bird noting it’s a song that hadn’t really been played live prior to this session.
Check out Jade Bird’s performance in the player above, or by heading over to Rolling Stone Australia’s Instagram page. In the meantime, her latest single, “Houdini”, was officially released on November 26th.