New Virgin of the Birds single: Victor Bockris
“an uncommon grasp of adroit, heartfelt song-craft that sets Rooney on track to follow the likes of Bill Callahan and David Berman into the pantheon of awkward, visionary American outsiders. Essential.”
– The Herald
Jon from Virgin of the Birds can write a pop song, but his more downbeat, contemplative stuff is absolutely gorgeous. With that in mind we have another single to celebrate the upcoming release (on the 17th October) of new album Secret Kids, and that single is the gentle, meandering Victor Bockris, and is exactly the kind of understated gem that made me fall in love with Jon’s songwriting in the first place.
Here’s what the man himself has to say about the song:
“Victor Bockris is a writer who was part of the 70’s downtown art/punk scene in New York. He and Warhol superstar Gerald Malanga wrote a book called ‘Uptight: the Velvet Underground Story’ that I came across at some point growing up in suburban Philadelphia and read to death. ‘Uptight’ led me to ‘Transformer’, a Lou Reed biography that Bockris wrote (and Bockris signed for me at a reading at a bookstore on Walnut St.), and ‘What’s Welsh for Zen’, John Cale’s autobiography co-written with Bockris.”
Stream/download Victor Bockris on Soundcloud here.virgin of the birds