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Birdy's enthusiasm for Skinny Love wears thin after so many requests

Published 26/03/2016

Much of Birdy's new album Beautiful Lies was inspired by Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden
Much of Birdy's new album Beautiful Lies was inspired by Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden

Birdy has admitted it can be "exhausting" when she is constantly asked to play the song that made her famous - Skinny Love.

The singer achieved widespread public recognition after she released the Bon Iver cover in 2011 at the age of just 14.

The Hampshire-born musician, now 19, said she sometimes gets a "little bit" tired of performing the tune.

She said: "I've had to play it so many times now, which can be exhausting.

"But also I love the song and I loved it when I covered it, and I'm a huge Bon Iver fan so it's still a special song - and I'll probably be playing it for quite a long time anyway."

Birdy released her third album, Beautiful Lies, on March 25.

The singer-songwriter co-produced six of the songs on the album, which includes the singles Keeping Your Head Up and Wild Horses.

"It's about change, really, and for me this album is like the first one that I really knew what I wanted for it," she said.

"I think with the other two I was still experimenting, and I think it takes time to develop your opinions. For me it was the first time I really knew what I wanted, and how it should sound, and what I didn't like."

Birdy drew inspiration for her new music from an unexpected source: the 1997 historical novel Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden.

She told the Press Association: "On a lot of the songs the melodies feel quite Asian, and the production as well, so I think for me that came from reading a book called Memoirs Of A Geisha.

"I read that at the beginning of the process, and it just - I don't know, I've never been to Japan but I felt like I was there.

"A lot of the imagery is so beautiful. It just inspired the songs and the way I was singing and writing."

The video for Wild Horses stars Birdy as a mermaid, who lures a fisherman to his death. Entranced, he cuts his oxygen cord so he can be with her forever.

It was while filming the music video that Birdy achieved a life-long ambition.

She explained: "I just always have wanted to be a mermaid, since I was little.

"We have this big reservoir outside our house, which is always fun in summer, so I've grown up with that and desperately wanting to be a mermaid.

"I had to learn to scuba dive. I had never done anything like that before, so I had a day of just working with professional divers and learning to use the oxygen things and just seeing if I would be able to handle it."

She added: "It was kind of scary at first but it was just so much fun! I think I've secretly always been planning it."

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