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The beautiful sound of Birdy @OfficialBirdy, flying high with her self-titled debut album

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Jasmine Van den Bogaerde (known by her stage name, Birdy) won a UK Open Mic competition in 2008, at the age of 12. She was promptly signed to 14th Floor Records, home to fellow pianist David Gray. What followed has been a slow yet steady rise to folk fame, engineered by one or more bright sparks at her record label, culminating in this month’s release of her debut self-titled album.

The covers album features tracks from such artists as Bon Iver, Phoenix, The xx and Fleet Foxes and it would be premature of any listener to conclude that Birdy’s interpretations cannot possibly live up to the originals. The focus of this record is on the voice and gives us a taste of the style of self-penned material that Birdy might release in the near future, she is still at high school, after all.


A stand out track for me would be Phoenix‘s‘1901.’ I was already a big fan of the French indie rock band and have never been of the mindset that a great thing can’t be replicated…that is, unless we’re talking about Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’, this should never, ever be attempted and that is precisely why I refuse to take Leona Lewis’s calls to this day. I love the stripped-back version of this upbeat, high-energy classic and this is the formula which Birdy chooses to remain true to throughout.


Bon Iver‘s ‘Skinny Love’ is another favourite of mine on the record. With simple yet stunning piano accompaniment, Birdy showcases her rare gift; the ability to move and challenge the listener with her vocals. If she chose these tracks herself, then it would be fair to say that it is not just her vocal range that is mature beyond her years.


The xx‘s ‘Shelter’  does something quite unusual for me, it actually makes me appreciate the work of a band which I had previously found quite dull and uninspiring. I have always been more about the words than the voice, but with Birdy I seem to have been brought around to this track simply by the strength of her sound.

The album entered the UK charts at number 13 and continues to garner praise and excited whispers; I predict big things for this young folk and indie-pop singer in 2012. /

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂



Written by shelleyhanveywriter

November 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

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  1. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Sid Jarver

    December 9, 2011 at 5:50 am

  2. Love your blog!

    Samantha Darville

    December 9, 2011 at 6:34 am

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