Birdy has been a long time favorite artist of mine. She exploded onto the YouTube scene with her haunting cover of “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver four years ago. (Seriously, watch the cover as I can never seem to get enough of it.) On top of that success she’s already written and recorded two albums, with a third soon to be released. All by the age of nineteen. That’s pretty impressive. However, even with Birdy’s notoriety in most music circles, she’s still quite the underrated performer.
Her latest song “Keeping Your Head Up” may be a game changer for the young Brit songstress. In the past Birdy’s songs have centered around gloomy and brooding. Even when she was featured on soundtracks it’s been for movies such as The Hunger Games or The Fault in Our Stars. When “Keeping Your Head Up” begins it feels like familiar territory. There’s an eerie incessant piano and Birdy’s pure voice is slow and crescendoing. That all changes when the chorus hits. Suddenly the piano notes are switched out for a layered upbeat electronic element. It is very apparent that Birdy refined her talents in a more pop-spun direction.
However, the song’s lyrics still have a tinge of melancholy. Written about overcoming obstacles and finding hope, it’s still Birdy at her finest. It’s not necessarily different material, “Keeping Your Head Up” is just packaged slightly different. Even with a new sound, Birdy’s delicate vocals take the foreground that keep the listener’s attention and praise.
“Keeping Your Head Up” may finally be the song of Birdy’s that collects more wide mainstream airplay. It’s definitely something I could picture myself and others listening to on the radio and bopping along.
What song are you loving currently?
P.S. – Looking for other female vocalists with airy tones that have found their place in haunting and melancholic songwriting? Might I suggest Meg Myers for all your angst-filled needs.
Until next time,