Andrew Bird has announced his 10th studio album, Are You Serious. He'll release the LP on April 1st via Loma Vista. The official announcement follows an appearance on Conan this week to debut his bluesy, soulful new single "Capsized." Pre-orders of Are You Serious come with an instant download of the track.
Are You Serious features contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills. Bird revealed to NPR's All Songs Considered that Mills plays guitar in the band and that his duet with Apple on "Left Handed Kisses" has Apple playing a romantic while Bird is the skeptic. This is the pair's first collaboration together though the both appeared on comedian Margaret Cho's 2010 album Cho Dependent.
Bird also announced a tour in support of the new album. He'll begin his international trek in February in the Netherlands and return stateside in late March. On the day of his album's release, he'll perform in Knoxville, TN at the Big Ears Festival. The violinist and experimental folk singer will hop between North America and Europe through the end of May, when the tour wraps in Colorado.
Are You Serious follows up last year's more experimental Echolocations: Canon. Along with the standard LP and deluxe edition, Bird will also be releasing a deluxe box set version of the album, which will include the exclusive Are We Not Burning? The Devolution of Capsized 10" with four new tracks and a 64-page book with art to accompany each song on the album.
Are You Serious track list
2. "Roma Fade"
3. "Truth Lies Low"
5. "Chemical Switches"
6. "Left Handed Kisses" featuring Fiona Apple
7. "Are You Serious"
8. "Saints Preservus"
9. "The New Saint Jude"
10. "Valleys Of The Young"
Andrew Bird World Tour Dates
February 25 - Eindhoven, NL @ Muziekgebouw
February 26 - Amsterdam, NL @ Muziekgebouw
February 27 - Rotterdam, NL @ De Doelen
February 28 - Groningen, NL @ De Oosterpoort
March 30 - Nashville, TN @ The Ryman
April 1 - Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival
April 2 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
April 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
April 5 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
April 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
April 8 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
April 9 - Boston, MA @ Citi Wang Theatre
April 11 - Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
April 13 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
April 14 - Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
April 15 - Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavillion
April 16 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
April 18 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Riverside Theater
April 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
April 21 - Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
April 22 - St. Louis, MO @ The The Pageant
April 30 - Dublin, IRE @- Vicar Street
May 2 - Edinburgh, UK @ Queen's Hall
May 3 - Manchester, UK @ Cathedral
May 4 -London, UK @ Roundhouse
May 6 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
May 8 - Brussels, BE @ Cirque Royale
May 9 - Paris, FR @ Trianon
May 13 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
May 14 & 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Ace Theatre
May 16 - San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
May 18 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
May 19 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
May 21 - Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
May 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
May 24 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre