The Birdhorse is the pseudonym used by North Carolina-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Toni Hartley. Hartley cut her teeth singing back-up for tUnE-yArDs, both on Nikki Nack and on the Red Hot Fela track, “Lady,” and began churning out her own indie-folk/pop in 2012. In 2015, friend, producer, and engineer Bobby Funk helped bring to life The Birdhorse’s debut album, Treasure. In 2018, The Birdhorse released a decidedly assured sophomore effort with Fool’s Adventure — nine tracks written, produced, and recorded by Hartley and traversing themes of bisexual identity, love, environmentalism and loss. The album was hailed by Durham Beat as a “profound, indie-folk tour de force.” Collaborating with Brooklyn-based rapper and cinematographer, Uncle Meg, the two artists created an arresting and evocative music video for the album’s second single, “View From The Moon.”
“Let Go” is the first single from The Birdhorse’s third effort coming in 2020. Written, produced, performed and recorded entirely by Hartley, the new track explodes with serious musical maturation. Hartley’s voice sounds the clearest it ever has. A breathless whisper delivers full-throated and unrestricted. She has replaced the acoustic guitar with a more electronic sound but her ukulele, piano and flute assist in lending the new record a resonance consistent with the warmth and magic of The Birdhorse ethos. “Let Go” was written on a solo trip in the fire of Big Bend National Park on the heels of learning that her longtime partner was pregnant — “a path you have to take.” Elegantly mixed by Ari Picker from the orchestral folk-pop band Lost in the Trees, “Let Go” is a plea, a spell, an order, a hope, a path forward.