“Gouldian Finch 4” Out Now by bitbird, Featuring New Mega Collab, ‘when ur around’

J.M. Lesinski

The front cover of "Gouldian Finch 4," out now by bitbird.Photo by bitbird.

Following two years of uncertainty, “Gouldian Finch 4” by bitbird records has finally been released. The collection serves up a series of uplifting, heartfelt, and personal tracks from artists across the world, including the mega-collab by San Holo, Taska Black, Flaws, Mystk & bitbird entitled, “when ur around,” which blends each of the artists’ signature styles and ties the knot on “Gouldian Finch 4” as the final track on the 20-track compilation.

"There’s no compilation like the Gouldian Finch!” DJ San Holo remarked of the album’s release. “I’m extremely excited about all the amazing new talent we’re showcasing, time and time again. There’s so much diversity, yet the bitbird feeling is present in every single song on here. It just feels right! Get ready for an exciting emotional journey through groundbreaking new sounds!"

Under the careful curation of San Holo, bitbird continues to defy genre boundaries and create a space in the music industry that is entirely unique. Since its inception in 2015, the imprint has worked tirelessly to deliver a wide variety of music that fuses elements of electronic, indie, downtempo, and many more. Continuing to expand and grow with each passing year, bitbird’s highly coveted annual compilation always features a wide range of talented musicians and producers.

DJ San Holo celebrates the release of "Gouldian Finch 4."Photo by San Holo.

The fourth installment of the ‘Gouldian Finch’ series includes one of the most diverse lineups the label has ever seen. With both new and veteran bitbird artists, “Gouldian Finch 4” reflects the label’s reverent passion for music that refuses to adhere to the confines of any one electronic music genre.

On the more downtempo side of things, Couros, Casilofi, and Dot’s singles lull the listener into a blissful and relaxing experience. For the indie music lover, the collaborations from Golden Vessel & rei so la and On Planets & Flaws blend various instrumentals and vocals that add an intriguing element to the compilation.

Bringing the more electronic-forward aspects to the table, Duskus, Pocket & Rohaan, Slow Magic, and Laxcity provide transcendental melodies for the listener in each of their contributions. Not only does bitbird recruit some of the label’s most well-known artists, but each year they strive to shed light on rising talent and artists that are going against the grain in their respective careers.

“Gouldian Finch is our runway project, every year I look forward to seeing what every artist comes up with or collaborates on,” said bitbird Creative Director Thorwald van den Akker of the album’s release. “I like to think about the compilation as a showcase of artists/sounds we like to listen to and know we will be excited about for the year to come. Again, like 1 2 and 3 there are tracks on GF4 that give me goosebumps all over.”

Propelling their mission statement of “create forever” forward, the ‘Gouldian Finch’ compilation series serves to shine a light on the label’s ever-evolving platform to showcase extraordinary artists that are passionate about creating music that stands apart. The innovative and forward-thinking tracklist in “Gouldian Finch 4” perfectly demonstrates the ethos of the bitbird brand and leaves dedicated fans eager for more.

The official track list of “Gouldian Finch 4” is as follows: Oyeme - “Mirror Friend,” dobi & Azziah - “as we hang up a picture,” Duskus - “Holding U,” Flawed Mangoes - “ULTRAMAGNET,” Pocket & Rohaan - “idontwannabeafraid,” Tails - “CLOSE2ME,” Couros - “Untitled21,” phritz - “Wilmette,” Slow Magic - “OPEN,” acloudyskye & N33T - “Nothing Else,” On Planets & Flaws - “Better Than,” Golden Vessel & rei so la - “Jersey City,” Casilofi - “Sunº,” ILIVEHERE. & Holyoke - “With us,” Dot - “Want To Say,” Mystk - “Together in This Cold World,” Duumu - “stickerpack,” Laxcity - “Daydream,” bonjr & enesai - “to change perspectives,” and San Holo, Taska Black, Flaws, Mystk & bitbird - “when ur around.”

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Buffalo, NY

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