Published Jan 03, 2012Following past experiments with Daniel Johnston and Teenage Fanclub, prolific underground indie icon Jad Fair (of Half Japanese) will kick off 2012 with another collaborative album, Bird House. The record, which teams him with French artist Hifiklub and the German-based musician Kptmichigan, will arrive January 24 on Joyful Noise Recordings.
According to a press release, Bird House strays from the traditionally simple style Fair flirted with in Half Japanese in favour of a more fluid, experimental sound, though the record is said to still hone in on the lo-fi legend's "psychologically imbalanced vocal style." The session was initially recorded for Fair's recent art exhibition at Le Dojo - Nice in France and is said to meld a jazz influence onto an airy indie sound. You can stream the hypnotic "Let's Win" at the bottom of this page.
The offering is being pressed in a limited run of 300 one-sided records, with a piece of Fair's artwork screened on the flipside. The first 45 copies are pressed on translucent gold vinyl with black ink, and 255 copies are pressed on translucent yellow vinyl with red ink, and you can pre-order the platter here.
1. "Bird House"
2. "Let's Win"
3. "Blue Skies"
5. "You And I"