“Not ones to be pigeonholed, Airpark list influences ranging from world music like Tinariwen to staples like Nick Cave. Their groovy genre-bending sound even caught the attention of indie-pop mainstay St. Lucia, who brought Airpark along on tour.”
— Lightning 100“It can almost feel like the band is sitting close, expressing themselves with immense intimacy. While well-produced, the arrangements themselves are cozy, comfortable, and very warm.”
— Northern Transmissions
On Friday, Nashville-based duo Airpark shared new single “Quiet Type” (feat. Valley Queen), from the band’s upcoming EP, Quiet Type: an Intimate Collection of New & Old, due out February 26th via Eugenia Hall Records.
Earlier this year, the band kicked off the upcoming EP release with lead single “Bring It Back My Way” (feat. Erin Rae). Following their fast and loose retro-inspired one-off single “D Y W” (feat. St Lucia) to critical acclaim late last year, the band will continue sharing these collaborations in the proceeding EP to be released later this month. With Quiet Type: an Intimate Collection of New & Old, they extend that team spirit to a wider circle of partners, tapping frequent collaborator Scott Hundley as their producer and lacing the songs with contributions from upright bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Patty Griffin), pedal steel guitarist Spencer Cullum (Miranda Lambert, Steelism), and guest vocalists like Erin Rae, Valley Queen, and Nightingail. The result is a record that stands in low-key defiance of the isolated feelings that permeate the COVID-19 era, while also highlighting the exploration and musical diversity at the core of Airpark’s work. Quiet Type: an Intimate Collection of New & Old may be tranquil, but these songs still speak volumes.
Airpark and Valley Queen on “Quiet Type” (feat. Valley Queen):
I’ve been a fan of Michael and Ben’s songwriting since their first iterations as a band. I’ve been listening to their music for over ten years. I remember I wrote to Michael years back to send me their first record, that you can’t find online anywhere. He burned me a copy on a CD and mailed it to me. It feels like a pleasant but natural surprise to collaborate and sing with them on our own track. — Natalie Carol (Valley Queen)
When Ben, Natalie and I were working on “Quiet Type” in 2019 we had no idea we were creating something for a collaborative release. Really, we were friends and fans of each other and just wanted to get together to see what would happen if we passed some ideas around. The song took shape in a very fast and natural way and it felt like our singing together had something special to it pretty quickly. — Michael Ford, Jr. (Airpark)
Once we had the idea to release a more acoustic-ish, collaboration-heavy EP (about 6 months after we wrote “Quiet Type”), we circled back around to the voice memo we had made. Not only did it still feel great but the lyrics had taken on new meaning with the arrival of the pandemic. — Ben Ford (Airpark)
Quiet Type: an Intimate Collection of New & Old — TRACKLISTING
01. Bring It Back My Way (feat. Erin Rae)
02. All The Time (feat. Erin Rae)
03. Little Hollywood
04. Quiet Type (feat. Valley Queen)
05. Devotion (feat. Nightingail)
Formed in 2017 by brothers Ben Ford and Michael Ford, Jr., Airpark is a Nashville-based duo whose songs explore the wide expanse of forward-thinking pop music.
It’s a sound that’s both timely and timeless, rooted in sharp grooves one minute and dreamily rounded edges the next. Over the course of four EPs, the Fords have created music that’s honest and ever-evolving, glued together by nuanced arrangements, an attention to melody, and the refusal to make the same record twice.
They turn another corner with 2021’s Quiet Type: an Intimate Collection of New & Old. Recorded during the chaos of the 2020 pandemic and released on the band’s own Eugenia Hall Records, the five-song EP presents the most soothing track list of Airpark’s career. Gone are the heavy-hitting drums that gave the band’s debut, Early Works, Volume 1, its percussive pulse. Absent are the cinematic soundscapes that filled Airpark’s third EP, the Tennis-produced Songs of Airpark, with a sense of windswept cool. Instead, Quiet Type: an Intimate Collection of New & Old focuses on a warmly organic mix of acoustic guitars, atmospheric pedal steel, and male-female duets. It’s the band’s most folk-influenced release, full of soft hues and a therapeutic sense of space. Quiet Type: an Intimate Collection of New & Old is out February 26th via Eugenia Hall Records.