Everything Everything are back with their first new music in two years, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley enjoys In Birdsong.
On Thursday (23 April) Everything Everything shared their new track In Birdsong, their first new music since 2018.
The last time fans heard the Manchester band it was in the form of Deeper Sea EP two years ago, which followed their fourth full-length album, the Mercury and Ivor Novello nominated A Fever Dream the previous year.
The track sees Everything Everything recruit John Congleton on production duties. Congleton himself won a Grammy Award for his work on St. Vincent’s self-titled album, while his other credits include Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen and Future Islands.
In Birdsong is Everything Everything‘s also the first release on their own Infinity Industries imprint, in partnership with AWAL.
Vocalist Jonathan Higgs commented: “‘In Birdsong’ tries to imagine what it would have been like to have been the first self-aware human.”
“I had come across a concept by psychology academic Julian Jaynes, the Bicameral Mind Theory: the idea that at one stage humans had two separate minds, one inside each half of our brains, and messages or commands would be delivered by one and received by the other.
These ‘voices’ were thought to be those of the divine. The theory claims that the eventual melding of these two minds into the two-sided human brain we have now was the dawn of mankind’s consciousness.
I wanted to somehow insert this evolutionary psychology into a song because I felt so in awe of the idea. I found a deep sense of wonder at its core, about life and the world. It applies to songs about love, sex, life, death and humanity – the things I’ve always written about.”