Emilie-Claire Barlow has announced Spark Bird, the Canadian vocalist’s first full album in more than five years.

The multiple Juno Award winner’s 13th studio album was conceived during the dark days of the pandemic, when she questioned whether she would ever even want to make another record.

But during that time, a daily visit from a yellow-winged cacique that is native to the southern Pacific coast of Mexico eventually inspired her to dedicate an entire album of songs to birds of all shapes and varieties.

Barlow co-produced Spark Bird with her partner Steve Webster and will release the album on her own independent label Empress Music Group at the end of March. Before then, Barlow will release several singles, beginning with Over the Rainbow, which is available now.