Australian singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd can probably make you like the didgeridoo (which is not to assume that you don’t). For starters, he was named World’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity by PETA in ‘07. Secondly, he performs as a one-man band, surrounded by an array of instruments (including the didgeridoo, which he plays on many songs, but as a rhythm instrument that’s at once deeply organic and as pumped up as a club beat). Third, his latest album, Spirit Bird is a deftly-balanced mix of sensitive song craft (with bird sounds and other field recordings from nature) and energetically percussive tracks.
Listen to “Lioness Eye”:
Rudd’s aesthetic is that breezy, beachy, sun drenched sound associated with the likes of Jack Johnson and Donavon Frankenreiter. There’s a sweet sincerity at work in each song — it’s Rudd’s authenticity that attracted fans as much as his stellar musicianship.
Watch the video for “Follow The Sun”: