The intimate duet, loosely structured as a call-and-response, finds Bird once again swooping in with some grandiose romanticism. While it may have been a challenge for him to compose, the end result is a warm, tense and slightly frustrating acoustic charmer that embodies all aspects of a relationship.
In a press release, Bird had this to say about the song:
"My inclination was to write a song about why I can't write a simple love song. The song began as an internal dialogue. At first it was just my voice. Then another voice came creeping in and I thought 'this should be a duet if I can find the right person.' I needed to find someone really indicting. She was totally committed. The session was a long whiskey-fueled night-unhinged, for sure. All worth it, of course. I can't write simple love songs. People are complex."
"Left Handed Kisses" is the second taste following "Capsized" from the indie rocker's upcoming album, Are You Serious—which will be available on April 1 via Loma Vista. Enjoy the song above, and then take our quiz: Who Said It? Fiona Apple or a Crazy Cat Lady?