Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Connecticut purveyors of Americana Birds Over Arkansas share new single

Premiere of Birds Over Arkansas new single “So Much Sky” 
available on UK iTunes & Spotify

The Connecticut-based band shares a song with a crisp, harmonious American roots foundation layered with progressive, subtly unorthodox structures and historically-based spiritual themes (more info below). 
Formed in 2011, Birds Over Arkansas consists of Scott Haskitt (guitar, lead vocals), Laura Hartshorn (keyboards/vocals), John Mondick (guitar/mandolin/vocals), and Ryan Berg (drums/percussion). 
The new album will be released later in 2016.
The music of Birds Over Arkansas is absolutely stunning. It is beautiful, in every way. (Stereo Stickman)

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(LOS ANGELES, CA) September 14, 2016 
 
Like 
Reinhold Rudenberg, the scientist subject of their moving new single So Much Sky, Americana prog rockers Birds Over Arkansas are obsessed with the details of life. Whereas Rudenberg developed the microscope for the purpose of curing polio, New England’s Birds Over Arkansas create beautifully crafted songs such as So Much Sky in a way to celebrate human progress; the hardships and perspectives that inspire us to solve problems, and the personal sacrifices that are often necessary in order to achieve something.Blending unorthodox song structures, technical progressive rock rhythms, and Americana instrumentation and harmonies, Birds Over Arkansas are credited by Jamsphere with producing “timeless music” that features outstanding musicianship, resplendent vocals, and a crisp sound.
More information on Birds Over Arkansas is available on their official website.
 
Glide Magazine recently premiered So Much Sky:
See Feature

According to lead singer Scott Haskitt, So Much Sky is about being too often consumed by life's bigger picture, and, consequently, losing sight of its finer details. While the chorus lyrics juxtapose the act of skygazing with that of internal self-reflection, the verses tell the story of the struggles of Reinhold Rudenberg, a scientist and inventor who was in part responsible for the development of the electron microscope.
 
Rudenberg’s inspiration for his work was his three-year-old son, who was crippled with polio. His hope for the electron microscope was to help other scientists visualize the polio virus and, in turn, advance research for its eradication. The syncopated, scratchy groove heard in the intro is the sound of the movement of individual atoms, rendered by the Scanning tunneling microscope.

 
Birds Over Arkansas’s 2014 4 track EP BEHIND THE LIGHTS (
Amazon UK | iTunes) is an eclectic mix of sincere lyrics, infectious melodies, and complex rhythmic structures. Notable guest musicians highlighted the record, as David Rhodes (Peter Gabriel) lent his ambient electric guitar style to The String and Carter Gravatt (Carbon Leaf) added soaring lead guitar lines to Comet.

Aspen Public Radio named another single from BEHIND THE LIGHTS, Catapult, one of the sixteen best Under The Radar songs of 2014, alongside such notable artists as Jackson Browne and Willie Nelson. Their first single of 2016, Forgotten Lights, was featured on Big Fuss Records 2016 Artists to Watch compilation.
 
Formed in 2011, Birds Over Arkansas consists of Haskitt (guitar, lead vocals), Laura Hartshorn (keyboards/vocals), John Mondick (guitar/mandolin/vocals), and Ryan Berg (drums/percussion). Mondick recently explained how So Much Sky represents the band’s willingness to explore their unorthodox side:
During the writing process, we realized we had these fun, quirky ideas, but we would just edit and massage them down until they sounded like everything else. It really killed our creativity. So we started to shine a light on the quirky bits until they started to make sense in their own way.


For more information on Birds Over Arkansas, visit their social media:
FACEBOOK | TWITTER  | YOUTUBE 

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