Portland experimental/country band Blitzen Trapper has been around for some many years now it’s hard to remember a time before their particular bizarro-folk style. Their prolific output helped solidify the sound of the early 2000s, and even a decade or so in, they’re still fascinating, inventive and appealing — even when pulling out artifacts from their own past.
“Be A Bird” — which we’re premiering today — is a cut off their special Record Store Day release Unreleased Recordings Volume One: Waking Bullets At Breakneck Speed, which will was recorded in Portland, Oregon at the Telegraph Building during the 2006 sessions for Wild Mountain Nation and Furr. The long-shelved record will be out tomorrow in conjunction with the vinyl-lovers holiday of sorts, Record Store Day. Frontman Eric Earley shared some background on the impetus behind this album: