NEWS:::
OCTOBER 2014 - Touring California with FOUNTAINSUN (DANIEL HIGGS' new band)... dates in Autumn...
"Offering" now on CD in Japan by RONDADE
• music video for "PEERING OUT" (featured below)

 

SPIN premieres our new music video

FLETCHER TUCKER (formerly performing/recording as Bird By Snow) is a cross-discipline musical and visual artist from Big Sur, California. Tucker's songs and records are formed and informed by a deep sense of place and the inquiry, wonder, playfulness, and humility that inhabitation demands. Songs are not written, but are rather discovered in the floras, faunas, geologies, and weathers of habitat and mind. "Music, like all natural things/events, is a co-creation by all named and unnamed players in our vast wilderness." - F.T.

Much of Tucker's work can be adequately defined by its intricate compositions, mytho-poetic lyricism, graceful multi-instrumentalism, and lo-fi textures. In performance Tucker creates a sonic ecosystem by layering rhythms and melodies with looping-pedals, guitar, drum, and voice. Tucker has released five LP's, and three EP's since 2005 under the project heading of Bird By Snow. A new LP is currently in production and will be the first release under Fletcher Tucker's given name. Tucker tours frequently and has performed throughout Europe, Japan and North America.

In addition to work falling under the Bird By Snow title, Tucker also composes "further out" music under the name Yurt. Tucker is also the labelhead and visual alchemist of Gnome Life Records. Tucker sometimes serves as producer and analog engineer for other artists and has recorded albums by Little Wings, Daniel Higgs and more. Tucker is an essayist, poet, sculptor, print-maker, painter, photographer, teacher, farmer, forager, wild-crafter, sweatlodge firekeeper, son, brother, and husband. He lives and works in Big Sur, California.

 
click here for a FULL DISCORGRAPHY of Fletcher Tucker/Bird By Snow and all related projects
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"offering"
 

"OFFERING" LP+Mp3 (Gnome Life, 2012) is my 5th record (ships September 15th, 2012, pre-order now). Recorded and performed entirely me. Eight completely analog recordings put to tape at various power spots in Big Sur, California – my homeland. This primordial, majestic and wild landscape is the primary inspiration for the album. However, this record does not present a simple, picturesque view of nature. As in the wild itself dark and light appear in equal measure – storms rage and fires destroy; there is erosion, decomposition, disease and predation. The wilds of Big Sur are vast and powerful, fantastically destructive and creative.

"Offering" sets out to reawaken an ancient consciousness, an atavistic awareness present in the land and in ourselves – to give you permission to return to the familiar place, inhabited by our ancestors, where myth and magic are primary natural forces. This record was informed by a practical knowledge and daily relationship with the physical wild, a deep sense of place – knowing the plants and animals, walking the trails and peaks, chopping wood and sowing seeds. And these songs came forth by approaching the non-physical wilderness of Big Sur with the same respect and curiosity – through ritual, rites, and ceremony a mystic backcountry opens.

THIS EDITION Limited to 500 copies on 140 gram black vinyl, with a copper embossed booklet, the finest quality covers, and an Mp3 download. See the whole package here.

TRACK LIST: 1. Worlds Returning 2. Peering Out 3. Grace 4. Before Names 5. My People 6. Black Ocean 7. Devouring 8. Wide Open

$15.00
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON BANDCAMP
 

"SUBTLE BODY" Cassette Tape + Mp3 (Gnome Life Records, Echomancy Tape Series, 2011) This is my 3rd EP, and my 7th release as Bird By Snow (4 LP's & 2 other EP's). "Subtle Body" represents a return to my lo-fi life. Recording at home is as much a process of discoverey as it is a process of creation, and I am happy to return that mysterious unfolding with this EP. The music is informed by my love of California, and more specifically my joyful exploration of Big Sur, in its solid (physical) and subtle (energetic) manifestations. I carried these songs from the psychic hills, and corporeal beaches, back to my home, where I recorded them as best I could. And it is my intention to invoke the light and power of Big Sur with this tape, to disseminate some of that land’s magic into the rest of the world. And, of course, I also wish to honor the land itself.

THIS EDITION Part of the Echomancy Tape Series – Echomancy means divination through music. The tapes are black, and the boxes are blindingly beautiful... copper foil embossed into 100% recycled card-board (30% post-consumer), no glue. Comes with bookband, photocard, insert, and mp3 download.

TRACK LIST: 1. Wide 2. California Grace 3. Playing Tame 4. Wild Life 5. Open Mic Hike (tape only track – not on iTunes) 6. Wild Wife (tape only track – not on iTunes)

$3.96
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON BANDCAMP
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"COMMON WEALTH" LP+Mp3's (Gnome Life, 2010) This is my 4th long-player, and my first release that I did not record myself at home. It was indeed produced by the magnetic Tim Green (on tape) at Louder Studios in San Francisco. Tim has recorded a few of my favorite records, like "Ancestral Songs" by Daniel Higgs, and "Diadem of 12 Stars" by Wolves in the Throne Room, and he's worked with countless other awesomes... it was a great joy to record with him. Spencer Owen and I took full advantage of the 24-track studio and birthed a wilderness of songs, a new ecosystem of lush arrangements. This album explores moments where friendship, the wild, love, ancient practice, community, and the broader literatures of the present moment make the heat haze of seperation look less convincing. And on an even simpler level, this album is about feeling the good flow.

THIS EDITION is limited to 500 copies, on thick white vinyl with beautiful center labels, perfectly printed jacket and deluxe booklet (10-inches x 10-inches, 8-pages, full color). [All together in this photo] Both cover and book feature 35mm photos of an installation by Noël Vietor and myself. It really is very lovely. Mastered by John Golden. The vinyl also come with an Mp3 download code.

TRACK LIST: 1. Wobbly Legs 2. Friends in the City 3. One White Flag 4. There is a Marriage 5. As we are now 6. Without Reaching 7. Across the Water

$11.00
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON BANDCAMP
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"COMMON WEALTH" CD (Gnome Life, 2010) This is the CD version of my 4th album. My first release that I did not record myself at home. It was indeed produced by the magnetic Tim Green (on tape) at Louder Studios in San Francisco.

THIS EDITION is limited to 500 copies, featuring a gatefold, all card-board (post-consumer recycled), beautifully printed jacket. The CD was mastered by Tim Green.

TRACK LIST: 1. Wobbly Legs 2. Friends in the City 3. One White Flag 4. There is a Marriage 5. As we are now 6. Without Reaching 7. Across the Water

$10.00
for only $5.00 you can add "Songbread / Another Ocean" CD
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"AFTER BIRTH " Mp3 EP (Gnome Live Free, 2010) This is a digital EP which I was going to release as a 7" but just decided to start giving away. I like to record multiple versions of songs, it feels more like they have their own lives and energies. These two songs are alternate universe versions of songs from "Songbread/Another Ocean". Recorded on 8-track cassette at home in San Francisco.

THIS EDITION is a free Mp3 release.

TRACK LIST: 1. Helpless 2. Empty

Free
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"SONGBREAD/ANOTHER OCEAN" Cassette (Kalligrammofon, 2010) This is the cassette version of my 3rd album (more info about the album in the LP section below). Same music as the record and CD, this album was recorded on cassette so in a sense this is the "purest" representation of the music.

THIS EDITION was made by an awesome Swedish label in a super small edition of only 100 copies.

TRACK LIST: 1. Domestic Freedom 2. If You Wait 3. Caveman Baby 4. You are Mom 5. Lovers on our Backs 6. When You Surrender 7. What I am Doing [mp3 is an excerpt] 8. Another Ocean 9. My Life is Easy 10. I Give Myself

SOLD-OUT
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"SONGBREAD/ANOTHER OCEAN" LP+CD-R (Gnome Life, 2009) This is my 3rd LP. I recorded it on 8-track cassette at home, for a lo-fi record, it is pretty hi-fi. Most of these songs were two years old before I recorded them, written on tour, and performed many many times. They were like old friends and I knew them very well before I arranged them, they hold no secrets. Amazing percussion arrangements by Spencer Owen here! And my friend Mania Lozinska lends her cello and voice to a few songs, which couldn't please me more. This confusingly titled LP is full of new sounds sparkling in the daylight, alongside new visions... of old ways. Side A speaks of nourishment, side B of expansion, both aspire to arrive at a wakeful, grateful place.

THIS EDITION is limited to 550 copies, on completely clear vinyl. It comes with a CD version of the same music; a deluxe handmade booklet of literature, lyrics, ideas, and points of entry; AND a second semitransparent poster of poetry called "SLOW POEMS" . The cover is a color lithograph poster. The LP was mastered by John Golden.

TRACK LIST: 1. Domestic Freedom 2. If You Wait 3. Caveman Baby 4. You are Mom 5. Lovers on our Backs 6. When You Surrender 7. What I am Doing 8. Another Ocean 9. My Life is Easy 10. I Give Myself

SOLD-OUT, 2ND EDITION SOON
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"SONGBREAD/ANOTHER OCEAN" + "SONGS OF SURRENDER" bonus EP, CD (Gnome Life, 2009) This is the CD version of my 3rd album. Same music as the record BUT with 20 minutes extra in the form of bonus tracks.

THIS EDITION is limited to 510 copies, featuring a gatefold, all card-board (post-consumer recycled), beautifully printed jacket. No booklet or inserts, just some freash baked tunes.

TRACK LIST: 1. Domestic Freedom 2. If You Wait 3. Caveman Baby 4. You are Mom 5. Lovers on our Backs 6. When You Surrender 7. What I am Doing [mp3 is an excerpt] 8. Another Ocean 9. My Life is Easy 10. I Give Myself + "SONGS OF SURRENDER" bonus EP 11. Empty Brain 12. One White Flag 13. Two Black Roads 14. Neither Ceiling, Nor Northern Sky 15. Forget it 16. We'd Better Move on

$10.00
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"SKY" LP+Mp3 (Gnome Life, 1st pressing 2006, 2nd pressing 2008) This is the 2nd pressing of my 2nd record. These are my most dense sound-scapes, a sculptural album that moves in and out of fog and tape hiss. Sometimes tiny and orchestral, sometimes huge and minimalist. Shimmering with strings, and hearty notions. You can hear some attempts to create new genres, like mountain dub and California-soukous. Songs written as poems, in many different places around the world, over a year... and then recorded at home, on tape, all in the order they appear on the LP. The meanings of these songs were a mystery to me, unraveling only as I began to record and perform them. It is a record of slow unveilings.

THIS EDITION is limited to 500 on black vinyl with color lithograph covers, printed on reverse jackets, completely matte. Comes with CD version and original lovely hand-made booklet. The LP was mastered by George Horn... who mastered Zuma by Neil Young.

TRACK LIST: 1. White Sky 2. Black Elk in the Mountains 3. Plato's Cave 4. (___ __________ ____ ____) 5. The Sound and the River Within the Sound 6. Sasquatch Says: the Old World Whispers 7. Green I's 8. (_____ _____ ______) 9. I am not the Moon and Neither is the Moon 10. Animals Calling

$11.00
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"SKY" CD (Kning Disk, 2008) This is the CD version of the LP above, released by the awesome Swedish label Kning Disk. It features new, very nice mastering. Same music as the LP (which still comes with a CD) but if you don't have a record player, buy this.

THIS EDITION is limited to 400, featuring a triple gatefold paper digi-pack (no plastic) with original booklet.

TRACK LIST: 1. White Sky 2. Black Elk in the Mountains 3. Plato's Cave 4. (___ __________ ____ ____) 5. The Sound and the River Within the Sound 6. Sasquatch Says: the Old World Whispers 7. Green I's 8. (_____ _____ ______) 9. I am not the Moon and Neither is the Moon 10. Animals Calling

$10.00
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"INDUSTRIAL COLLAPSE " 7-inch EP(Gnome Life, 2006) This is an EP recorded right before starting work on "Sky". My only 7" to date, the recording and mastering is insanely lo-fi and raw. These songs are golden never-hits to me, some of my favorite songs lyrically that I've ever written, both sort of funny, and weird. Not many left, don't miss your chance to own my strangest release.

THIS EDITION is limited to 300 copies, each cover is hand printed from a linoleum block by me, at no extra cost to you.

TRACK LIST: A. No Beard Now B. Chew Your Fucking Legs Off (if you have to)

OUT OF STOCK
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"ANTLERS AND THE SUN AND ALL THE THINGS THAT GROW OLD AND PASS AWAY" LP (Gnome Life, 1st pressing 2005, 2nd pressing 2008) This is my 1st record. Recorded on 4-track cassette, these songs were made with great fluidity... most of the tunes and words were written, but the accompaniment was improvised as I recorded, one of the songs (lyrics and all) was completely improvised. I play a lot of folky instruments, the songs and sounds are simple, my approach is naked and plain. Bird By Snow was born here, and you can hear that I'm still squirming and blinking, but you can tell by the look in my eye that it's me... a number of friends joined me on this one, companions of the Santa-Cruz-house-shows-days, here's a list: Spencer Owen, Kelsey Barrett of Effi Briest, John Garmon of Whysp, Spencer Doran of Cloaks, Matt Longwell of I Explode You!, & Adam Payne of Residual Echoes .

ALL EDITIONS were severely limited, the 2nd pressing to only 100, on transparent-red vinyl. The covers of the first 75 vinyl LP's sold (of the 1st pressing) featured an Intaglio (copper plate) etching, hand printed by me. This is the only Intaglio record cover in human history (maybe)... but all 75 were sold fast, the remaining copies featured a 2 color silk-screened cover on recycled inside-out records jackets... The 2nd pressing is a 3 color hand-made paradise, also printed by me.

TRACK LIST: 1. Exhaling Lungs 2. Great Glower And Gloam 3. Sea Lion 4. Fat New Born Baby 5. I Will Age 1,000 Years And Not Improve 6. Please Favor Me World 7. Darker Skin 8. Antlers And The Sun

"Painted box" option explained: for an extra few dollars ($9) I will hand-paint your record mailer (box) with a unique design of my choosing. Each box features the mantra: "the world is your body" (formerly: "you are part of a magic world.") It is a shame that in order to mail records I have to use so much card-board, and paper products, so I've decided to make it possible to make each transaction, and little piece of packaging, more important. Make garbage into art for just a few bucks more. You only need to click once per order.

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
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You can also keep track of Bird By Snow shows on facebook.

FOR BOOKING please contact me directly here fletcher(at)birdbysnow.com

MAY 2014 - Touring California with FOUNTAINSUN (DANIEL HIGGS' new band)... dates soon...
Bird By Snow music is also available on Last.fm
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You'll find a few Bird By Snow videos on the Gnome Life YouTube Channel and the Gnome Life Vimeo Channel and a few other places such as One Night Music & on The Independent Film Channel website
 
music video for "PEERING OUT" (featured below) – originally premiered by SPIN on November 20th, 2012

 

IFC VIDEO PREMIERE: On November 8th, 2010 the INDEPENDENT FILM CHANNEL website exclussively premiered three mystical and wild Bird By Snow performance videos! Follow this link. Or watch the videos below.

SUMMARY: "Grab hold of your chakras we're heading into the spirit world. On October 16th, San Francisco's Bird By Snow hiked three miles up to a secluded wooded grove in Big Sur, taking a few instruments and a toy Japanese camera with them into the fog. They came to a big oak tree and crafted a uniquely percussive sculpture from fallen branches (along with some twine, home-made ceramic chimes and a cymbal), and raised it in the boughs of the oak. This became the rhythmic centerpiece of a transcendent live performance series which we have here for your contemplation." — IFC

PRODUCTION NOTES: Video shot by Noël on a Japanese toy camera. Concept by Fletcher & Noël. Sound & video editing by Fletcher. Ceramic chimes (at the bottom of the sculpture) made by Stephen Tucker (my father). Costumes dyed by Noël, using California native plants harvested from the very trail that leads to this performance site.

CLIMBING & BUILDING (INTRO)
"THERE IS A MARRIAGE"
"FRIENDS IN THE CITY"
For PRESS & PROMOTION please contact Tim Jones at Terrorbird
For BOOKING in Spain & Portugal please contact José Luis at Born Music, if you book shows anywhere else please contact me directly
fletcher(at)birdbysnow.com
P.O. Box 461, Big Sur, CA 93920 USA
DISCOGRAPHY of FLETCHER TUCKER
"Cloud Hidden" (LP) forthecoming --- Gnome Life Records
DISCOGRAPHY of BIRD BY SNOW
"Offering" (CD) 2013 --- Rondade (Japan)
"Offering" (LP) 2012 --- Gnome Life Records
"Subtle Body" (Cassette EP) 2011 --- Gnome Life Records, Echomancy Tape Series
"Common Wealth" (LP/CD) 2010 --- Gnome Life Records
"Songbread / Another Ocean" (Cassette) 2010 --- Kalligrammofon (Sweden)
"Songbread / Another Ocean" (LP) 2009 --- Gnome Life Records
"Songbread / Another Ocean" (CD+bonus EP) 2009 --- Gnome Life Records
"Sky" (2nd pressing LP) 2008 --- Gnome Life Records
"Sky" (CD) 2008 --- Kning Disk (Sweden)
"Antlers and the Sun..." (2nd pressing LP) 2008 --- Gnome Life Records
"Ecstatic Giving" (Mp3's) 2007 --- Gnome Live Free
"Sky" (1st pressing LP) 2007 --- Gnome Life Records
"Industrial Collapse" (7"EP) 2006 --- Gnome Life Records
"Antlers and the Sun..." (1st pressing LP) 2005 --- Gnome Life Records
 
DISCOGRAPHY of YURT
"Native Tongue" (Cassette) 2011 --- Gnome Life Records, Echomancy Tape Series
 
DISCOGRAPHY (records by other artists performed on)
"Eternal" by Sean Smith (LP) --- Gnome Life Records
"Made it Rain" by Little Wings (LP) --- Gnome Life Records
 
DISCOGRAPHY (production)
"Spagyric" by Mountainhood (produced/currated)
"Offering" by Bird By Snow (recorded/mixed)
"Made it Rain" by Little Wings (recorded/mixed)
"The Measure of Mystery" by Daniel Higgs (recorded/mixed)
"Triangle" by The Range of Light Wilderness (recorded/mixed)
"Subtle Body" by Bird By Snow (recorded/mixed)
"Native Tongue" by Yurt (recorded/mixed)
"Songbread/Another Ocean" by Bird By Snow (recorded/mixed)
"Sky" by Bird By Snow (recorded/mixed)
"Industrial Collapse" by Bird By Snow (recorded/mixed)
"Antlers and The Sun..." by Bird By Snow (recorded/mixed)
 
DISCOGRAPHY (art and design)
coming soon
 
PUBLISHED WRITTEN WORK
coming soon