On Freakwater songwriter Catherine Irwin’s second solo album, Little Heater, she continues her individualized approach to making alternative country music. “Mockingbird,” one of the album’s highlights, draws from an unusual inspiration.
“A mockingbird flew in through my backdoor and got stuck inside my house for a while,” Irwin says. “It seemed like he didn’t want to leave. He was just sitting in the middle of my bed yelling at me. When he finally flew back out I saw that he had pooped psychedelic purple mulberry poop all over my bed. I am really afraid of birds so it seemed like some kind of an omen. French people think that it’s lucky if a bird poops on you. I am rather drawn to this kind of magical thinking.”
The track features a guest contribution from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, whom she describes as “a perfectionist with an amazing ability to recognize when the thing that has just occurred spontaneously is really the perfect thing.”
Catherine Irwin’s sophomore album Little Heater is set to be released on Sept. 18. Listen to one of those songs, “Mockingbird,” in the streaming player below.