Birds of Chicago share their video for the new single “Superlover”, from the forthcoming album Love in Wartime, produced by North Mississippi Allstar, Luther Dickinson and available on Signature Sounds Recordings May 4.
“Superlover” feels like a musical and personal distillation of everything the band has been fine-tuning since appearing on the scene in 2013. The song asks listeners to check their hearts and see what’s in reserve with the simple refrain “We need a super love/ Need a super lover.” “I was listening to Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s in Need of Love Today” and thought we could use a few more songs like THAT right about now,” says JT Nero, who wrote the song for Alli Russell to sing. “A few hours later, we had it.”
The video needs no frills to showcase Birds of Chicago’s talent in a live intimate performance of the song, where every ounce of emotion in the lyrics is felt wholeheartedly.
The “Superlover” release follows the track “Never Go Back” and lead single “Roll Away”, which public radio can’t get enough of, according to NPR who shared “we can almost see a full audience on their feet in a live show, singing and dancing along,” adding “[“Roll Away”] celebrates change, with all its painful revelations and inevitable doubt.” (Kim Ruehl, Folk Alley, NPR “Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing”)
Birds of Chicago are known for their seamless combination of rock n roll meets “near perfect Americana” (No Depression). Nero and Russell recently recorded Love in Wartime, an album envisioned as a cinematic rock n roll suite, at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago. During the band’s recent interview with Chicago Tribune, music critic Greg Kot expressed that the new album “channels the band’s increasingly volatile energy as a live act while upholding its penchant for soul-searching lyrics.”
Birds of Chicago began in 2012 when Nero started writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live, and Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following, touring 200 nights a year since their formation. For more information on tour dates and artist updates visit birdsofchicago.com.