Song Premiere: Matt York reflects on wasted years of life on the gritty, heartfelt ‘Birds’

It used to be that most songwriters would take an extended break after releasing an album. But Matt York understands the necessary hustle of the modern music game.

After releasing his latest solo record Boston, Texas earlier this year, the Foxborough native and emerging voice on the New England scene has unveiled a series of new singles in recent months. In addition to efforts on Anngelle Wood’s Keep Safe Boston compilation and Noisetrade’s Outlaw Roadshow mixtape, York returns this morning with a proper recording of a recent live staple. It’s called “Birds”, and you can hear it below.

“Birds” was recorded earlier this year at Seasound Audio in Plymouth, and was produced by Mark Bryant. For York, the song connects different eras of his songwriting.

“I’d taken about 12 years off from music and then wrote some new songs and made my album that I released earlier this year,” York tells Vanyaland. “During the recording process, I kept remembering different fragments of songs that I’d started over the years. ‘Birds’ was one of those songs. I remember being at a beach and seeing this guy who looked either homeless or in real bad shape and he was just chasing seagulls around in a kinda crazy manner. It stuck with me for some reason. The song is about wasting your life and not being sure what your future holds. I recorded it after making the album and we’ve been playing it live for a while now.”

Catch York live on stage this Sunday afternoon (November 6), when he plays a matinee at Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge with Carissa Johnson.