Andrew Bird unveils driving new song “Roma Fade” — listen

The follow-up to 2012's Hands of Glory arrives in just a few weeks


Next month, Andrew Bird will issue Are You Serious, his first album of original music since 2012’s Hands of Glory. In advance of the album’s release, he’s shared “Roma Fade” as a teaser track.

While previous single “Left Handed Kisses” was a slowly blossoming duet with Fiona Apple, “Roma Fade” is a rolling, propulsive listen from start to finish, with Bird gripping attention and never letting up. The new offering’s sonic intensity seems to reflect its lyrical narrative; the singer-songwriter explains in a press release:

“‘Roma Fade’ is about the wordless dialogue between the watcher and the watched and the fine line between romance and creepiness. In this song, ‘she’ is a fortress of solitude, yet the observer can still affect her with his gaze. Whether the attention is welcome or not, something between them has changed. Notice how the song shifts from third person to first person near the end and it’s actually the observer who has transformed.”

Stream it below.

Are You Serious lands on shelves April 1st through Loma Vista. For more, check out “Capsized”.

Are You Serious Tracklist:
01. Capsized
02. Roma Fade
03. Truth Lies Low
04. Puma
05. Chemical Switches
06. Left Handed Kisses
07. Are You Serious
08. Saints Preservus
09. The New Saint Jude
10. Valleys of the Young
11. Bellevue