Slow This Bird Down (6:09)

Cover of The Campfire Headphase

From The Campfire Headphase

“Slow this bird down” is pilot jargon for reducing speed during a landing.

Near the end of this song is an aural collage of shortwave radio noise. Morse, teletype, and various data signals can be heard including a radio modem (called the Harris RF-5710) used by hobbyists and naval military services.


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  • shamjad

    how to disappear completely song is connected to this and I don't know how

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • appidydafoo


    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • p_o_l_i_s_w_a_g

    ça suffit

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • BrutalWarCry

    At the beginning of the song, faintly in the background, you can hear rhythmic tapping/clicking. While I'm not quite sure what it is, it perfectly sets the mood of the song.

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TriptheLight

    love this track but i could do without the guitar in the end

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Le_mono

    It sounds as if my favourite bird died

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ThePich


    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • peppergod

    Takes me away.

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Spoike

    How could anyone label this track as chill or chillout? TCH might be their lightest album but this is still their darkest and most sombre-sounding track to date.

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • billnepill2

    No words

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Excrono

    If I am ever in a plane crash, I will play this song in my head and not be afraid of death anymore.

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Merowinger110


    4 May 2013 Reply
  • jellylips

    This is an incredibly depressive landscape from which there is no escaping as long as the track is playing. I remember deep thinking while listening to this track years ago, and now I'm revisiting it and it's almost too much to take. This music gives way to, and stimulates the outpouring of negative feelings or mourning.

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • k_eve

    oh... that end...

    28 Oct 2012 Reply
  • PorcupineTrees

    still my fav song, 6 years after release :)

    30 May 2012 Reply
  • sleeplesstown


    21 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Sebi187_ger

    Love the extrolude..

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • JimmyFlux

    Just unbelievable.

    19 Nov 2011 Reply
  • rkat

    oh so perfect

    15 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Terminall42

    One of the best tracks on the album

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
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