No, it’s not a Lynyrd Skynyrd cover. Instead Kyle Field, better known as Carpinteria, California’s Little Wings adds his own twist to the rock canon, by re-envisioning the title as a sparse, pastoral piano ballad. With contributions from a backing band that includes members of YACHT, “Free Bird” takes flight softly with the grace of Field’s sweet falsetto, feathery drums that seem to brush by and a piano filtering in and out with a chorus of harmonizing singers — “I’m just a free bird/totally free,” Field dreams. “One day you’ll see me/singing from my tree.” The airy arrangement of folksy acoustic guitar and slight rhythm seems to recall another avian, of the Nick Drake variety, producing a single that maybe you won’t hold a lighter for, but perhaps lighting a candle and closing your eyes might be a bit more appropriate. Little Wings’ seventh long-player Soft Pow’r takes flight Sept. 18th via the RAD imprint.
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