Not every song about love is a love song. A love song is a special type of song, and one that Andrew Bird apparently has trouble writing. “My inclination was to write a song about why I can’t write a simple love song,” Bird said in a press release for his newest single, a duet with Fiona Apple titled “Left Handed Kisses.”
“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. [Apple] was totally committed,” Bird said.
The single is Bird’s second off his forthcoming record Are You Serious out April 1. The song sees Bird and Apple shedding trite romantic tropes like everything happens for a reason and the concept of star-crossed lovers, but despite his skepticism Bird self-awarely sings of “writing love songs with a common refrain like this one here.”
Bird didn’t write a simple love song. He wrote a complex one because, as he notes, “People are complex.”