Few sounds are more pleasant than the chorus of birds on a spring morning. Robins start in before the sun rises; their clear, bubbling songs echo across the darkened rooftops. Soon, song sparrows jump up on bushes to join them, and other voices from deeper hiding places. Raucous calls of jays and crows punctuate the melodies. Woodpeckers, lacking strong vocal talents, pound out rhythms on lampposts and house sidings. Whether in Cairo or Copenhagen, a similar chorus formed of local This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Eight Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 35 In Season Why flower power is perennial in the spring. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Strange Voices Why do we hate the way we sound? Arts & Culture Tapping into Social Norms Five podcast episodes that interrogate the social codes that shape our behaviour. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Jenny Odell The acclaimed author in search of lost time. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines.