German-Based M. Byrd Inspires Evolution With Debut Album 'The Seed'
By Stevie Connor. Photo Credit: Stefan Hobmaier
M. Byrd’s debut album, The Seed, expands moments of stark intimacy to widescreen proportions bolstered by shoegaze scope, alternative fearlessness and pop palatability. The album is meant to plant a seed and encourage listeners’ evolution.
The German-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer elaborates, “To me, personally, it was sort of a process of healing that I thought would be worth sharing. Listening to the whole album reminded me of holding a seed in my hands. It felt like the start of something and symbolized birth in times of chaos. The album, we decided, had to be called nothing more and nothing less - The Seed. There’s a lot of space in between the notes. It’s a mixture of intimate moments and wide horizons. It’s inspired by the Laurel Canyon sound, but we have the big guitar and drums. The lyrics enrich the sonic experience with vivid imagery.”
M. Byrd unearths universality from intensely personal songwriting. In 2020, he turned heads with the single “Mountain,” followed by “Morning Sun,” gaining millions of streams and praise from Ones to Watch, Earmilk, Atwood Magazine and many more. At the end of 2020, he holed up in Detmold, Germany in a WWII-era British Crops squash hall, rechristened as a studio with producer Eugen Koop to create The Seed. Leaving his mark on each level of the music, M. Byrd personally plays guitar, synthesizers and bass on the record. After generating 10 million-plus streams and acclaim from outlets worldwide, he continues to perfect his vision on The Seed.
M. Byrd is hitting the road for a handful of European shows and festival appearances this summer and fall.
June 19 – Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg
June 20 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
June 21 – Essen, Germany – Weststadthalle
July 24 – Luzern, Switzerland – Luzern Festival
August 11 – Budapest, Hungary – Sziget Festival
August 17 – Oslo, Norway – Langs Akerselva
September 1 – Munich, Germany - Superbloom Festival
September 9 – Schleswig, Germany – Norden Festival
September 13 – Paris, France – Supersonic
September 15 – Zurich, Switzerland – Radar Festival
September 20 – London, U.K. – The Victoria
September 21 – Manchester, U.K. – 33 Oldham St.
October 3 – Berlin, Germany – Privatclub
October 4 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Rust
October 6 – Hamburg, Germany – Turmzimmer
October 7 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
October 17 – Cologne, Germany – Helios 37
October 18 – München, Germany – Milla
October 19 – Wien, Austria – RHIZ
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