On April 1, singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird will release the new album Are You Serious. Featured on his latest advance track from the album, “Left Hand Kisses,” is a voice we haven’t heard in a while: Fiona Apple, who provides invaluable counterpoint to Bird on the meta-love song. Explains Bird of “Kisses” in a press release:
My inclination was to write a song about why I can’t write a simple love song. The song began as an internal dialogue. At first it was just my voice. Then another voice came creeping in and I thought “this should be a duet if I can find the right person.” I needed to find someone really indicting. She was totally committed. The session was a long whiskey-fueled night – unhinged, for sure. All worth it, of course. I can’t write simple love songs. People are complex.
Listen to the song here.