Bird Songs 1
Henry Sparrow is the nom de guerre of singer/songwriter Brent Ballantyne, who relocated to North Carolina from Portland, Oregon in 2000. Bird Songs is Henry's first release; written and recorded in August/September, 2004 with what materials (pen, paper, and guitar) were close at hand and accessible. Studio time being out of the question, Henry recorded each song immediately after completion, to minidisc, capturing each song at it's 'birth', so to speak. Roosters were used for backup vocals, and passing trucks for feedback. The Chatham county farmhouse he shares with his wife, artist Katy Clove, plays an integral part in Bird Songs; the everyday sounds of birds, the creak of floorboards, and the occasional rush of passing traffic make occasional guest appearances that give it the quality of a post-modern field recording. This decidedly lo-fi affair was mixed and mastered by British producer, Simon Widdowson (The Decemberists, Pete Krebs, Little Sue, David Smith).