Recording as Bird By Snow, Fletcher Tucker has been releasing deep, genre-refracting sounds for the past five years with his output varying from dreamy drones to eccentric lo-fi pop to mountainous dub. His latest effort Common Wealth finds Tucker masterfully refining his songcraft with powerful arrangements, graceful melodies, and moving poetic imagery.
The songs on Common Wealth feel harvested (rather than written) from somewhere ancient, mysterious, and otherworldly. Recorded with Tim Green and arranged in collaboration with percussionist Spencer Owen, the album embraces the West African and dub influences hinted at on Bird By Snow’s previous work. Both shimmering and shadowy, the gorgeous psych-pop on Common Wealth explores moments where friendship, the wild, love, primitive practice, community, and the broader literatures of the present moment make the heat haze of separation look less convincing. On a simpler level, this album is about feeling the good flow.
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