Birds Fled From Me
I forgot all about this song; it’s probably one of the most astonishing obscure and essentially unreleased recordings that I’ve encountered in ten years of doing Fluxblog. Here’s what I wrote in 2007:
Rachel Williams recalls Fiona Apple at her most spare and wounded on this heartbroken ballad, but her voice skips Apple’s soulful inflections in favor of a more fragile reading that nods in the direction of early Cat Power without aping that singer’s affectations. Like Apple, her song and her vocal performance work precisely because she so thoroughly owns her emotions, and expresses the pain of her unrequited love not so much for the benefit of whomever it is she is addressing, but rather to understand and affirm her own experience.