The Atlanta and Claremont-based Singer-Songwriter, and Producer The Bird Eaters release a smooth and atmospheric modern-day ballad entitled "Spacesuit."
The Bird Eaters consist of the versatile stylings of 19-year-old Alton Deco, who spends his time working on his solo career while also taking part in the retro-pop duo Venus & The Periwinkles. Influenced by the glam rock and new wave sounds of the 70s and 80s, The Bird Eaters also mold tones of bedroom pop and alt-rock into his versatile and dynamic music.
Highlighting his latest heartfelt and uplifting release, "Spacesuit," listeners can catch The Bird Eaters in a deeply enamored and passionate state as he serenades us with boundless love and affection for someone special. Complemented by his smooth and rich alt-rock/bedroom pop sonics, The Bird Eaters truly know how to carve an effective and delicious tune to feed the soul.
Hitting play on "Spacesuit," the journey begins with an uplifting array of alternative instrumentals that set the song's heartfelt and toe-tapping tune. As Alton Deco starts the song's vocal venture, he later elaborates on the feeling he gets when in the presence of someone special. As he musters the courage to talk to them, The Bird Eaters take us to the anthemic hook where he expands on feeling his heart twist in his chest and his words jumble in his mouth.
We adore the song's lush and dreamy feel, as the melodic synths accompanied by the warm electric guitar make for a sonically rich listening experience. As Deco continues his heartfelt venture, the song comes to a dreamy close while leaving listeners feeling inspired to form a deeper connection with that special someone.
Feel your heart twist and shout with help from The Bird Eaters' latest single, "Spacesuit," now available on all digital streaming platforms.
We love the heart and passion you've delivered within your recent single, "Spacesuit." Was there a particular moment that inspired you to write a song based on your growing affection for someone special?
Lyrically the song was certainly inspired by a collection of specific moments from my sophomore year of high school. I wrote the song over three years ago when I’d just turned sixteen. At that point, crushes were a big deal for me. I think I romanticized a kind of young-adult fantasy for myself, and the natural conclusion was to write about it. It was at least a little cathartic, taking a feeling so consuming and processing it into something creative.
What was your solo creative process like when crafting the sound and feel for "Spacesuit"? What sort of atmosphere or listening experience did you want to deliver?
Interestingly enough, the atmosphere came second in the process. I was so new at songwriting at the time, and so consumed with making something that was listenable at all–that I didn’t really consider trying to deliver any particular kind of experience. After I wrote it, I was stuck looking for a title. I couldn’t decide between “Spacesuit” and “Twister,” so I recorded a video of myself playing a section on piano. I put it up on Instagram with a poll asking whether it sounded more like outer space or a windstorm. Pretty narrowly, people picked outer space, so that’s what I went with.
Was it easy for you to open your heart and write such honest and passionate lyrics for "Spacesuit"? What was your songwriting process like?
When I wrote “Spacesuit” I was still pretty new at songwriting entirely. I’d written maybe five or six songs at the time, most of which were nothing like “Spacesuit” at all. Until then, my strategy had been to write abstract lyrics about fantastical concepts, focusing more on the way words and syllables sounded than substance. I borrowed pretty heavily from Marc Bolan’s playbook. For “Spacesuit,” though, I used a different approach. I wanted to write honestly, to write literally. I went directly to what happened, what I was feeling. Lines like “I saw you through a rose-red balloon” aren’t metaphorical. We were experimenting with balloons in Chemistry class that day, and I kept holding one up to my eye in the halls since they were see-through. I wrote these literal experiences and feelings on my Notes app and then transcribed them onto a paper notebook a little later, turning anecdotes into lyrics, fitting them into the right meter, and all that.
How do songs like "Spacesuit" help listeners get to know you on a more personal level? Do you often deliver such honest and vulnerable songs for listeners to relate with?
“Spacesuit” is definitely one of the most honest songs I’ve written. I’ve evolved a lot as a songwriter since writing it. Now I write songs trying to convey a certain emotion or experience through storytelling. I’m not a diarist though. I write about characters, or imaginary places and moments. “Spacesuit,” maybe more than any other song I’ve written, is a diary entry. I just happened to write it over chords and a melody.
I think hyper-specificity in songwriting helps make a song more relatable. Some of my favorite rock songwriters are people like Alex Turner and John Darnielle, both of whom use honest lyricism with a success I dream of achieving. Whether or not the lyrics in “Spacesuit” help someone get to know me more, I can’t say, but if someone comes away thinking “I’ve been exactly there”, I consider that a win.