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Birdy releases powerful new single ‘Raincatchers’ – listen

The singer is currently the bookies' favourite to represent the UK at Eurovision 2023

By Tom Skinner

Birdy 2023 press photograph
Birdy. CREDIT: Thibault Theodore

Birdy has shared a new single called ‘Raincatchers’ – you can watch the official music video below.

The song is the first preview of the Hampshire singer-songwriter’s upcoming fifth studio album, Portraits, which is due for release on July 14 (pre-order/pre-save here).

Opening with an orchestral motif, the dramatic ‘Raincatchers’ sees Birdy – real name Jasmine Van den Bogaerde – lean into an ’80s alt-pop sound, complete with thunderous drums and a power vocal delivery.

We used to be  raincatchers/ And we couldn’t see what we were running from/ And you made me feel like/ Nothing really matters,” Birdy sings in the chorus.

The track arrives with a Max McLachlan-directed official video, which stars Birdy as well as Eleanor Hockley who plays the artist’s younger self. Tune in here:

Birdy is currently the bookmakers’ favourite act to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, with odds of 6/4.

In a statement, William Hill spokesperson Lee Phelps said (via NME): “It will need to take a special effort to beat Sam Ryder’s haul of 466 points last year, but our punters are beginning to feel confident in Birdy’s chances of spreading her wings in Liverpool.

“The 26-year-old is 6/4 with us to lead out the United Kingdom when this year’s Eurovision Song Contest takes place in May, making her the outright favourite to perform in front of the home crowd.”

Other acts in the running to represent the UK include Rina Sawayama, Jessie Ware and Ellie Goulding.

Meanwhile, Birdy is set to play a headline show at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London next month as part of her 2023 European tour. You can see the full schedule and find any remaining tickets here.

The musician’s fourth and most recent record, Young Heart, came out back in 2021.