19 November, 2021Print
Winters Are Ending, Waters Are Rising And This Song Calls For Change
Today (11.19), nature-centric folk supergroup Spell Songs shares a new song “Bird of the Blizzard” from their ‘Let The Light In’ album (out 12.10 via Thirty Tigers). Sung by multi-award winning Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, “Bird of the Blizzard” is a call-to-action for global warming and climate change with lyrics like “the winters are ending / the waters are rising / (a blue that has drenched me to my bones).” =
Listen to “Bird of the Blizzard,” here: youtu.be/v_cWiBwSNQU
"The experience of recording this live with all the other musicians at Real World Studios will remain with me forever,” says Fowlis. "The pure emotion in the vocals from all the other singers, Beth [Porter]’s stunning cello lines and Kris [Drever] and Jim [Molyneux]’s intuitive musical shaping: it was profoundly moving. This spell feels like a call to attention, a warning while we still have the time."
“Bird of the Blizzard” showcases the enchanting ways Spell Songs embraces language and culture in their music. The song features Senegal-born multi-instrumentalist and African music innovator Seckou Keita singing in his native Mandinka language.
With songs inspired by nature author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris’ best-selling books The Lost Words and The Lost Spells, ‘Let The Light In’ embraces environmental topics while calling for listeners to protect our earth. ICYMI: Spell Songs was recently featured in NPR’s Songs for Climate Change playlist, here: npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2021/11/10/1050631282/songs-and-pictures-for-climate-change-a-playlist-for-the-planet