Bowerbirds

Societies sometimes sing their best songs for centuries. Consider that antediluvian American lament "Goodbye, Old Paint," or the worn murder ballads of the Appalachians, which still send shivers down spines and inspire new renditions, variations and song cycles. Ancient as they may be, these tunes still resonate emotionally, echoing some feeling each of us has likely felt. The best songs of North Carolina's Bowerbirds have always seemed equally eternal. Coruscated by Beth Tacular's bird song and Phil Moore's environmentalist empathy, "In Our Talons" was, at its core, a quest for solidarity in a world of closing shadows. "Northern Lights" painted a pained portrait of love shrouded in doubt as perfectly as Cash, Dylan or Cohen ever have. These felt like more than songs; they felt like treasures. But those recordings were made on the quick and the cheap, with nylon-stringed guitars, fiddle lines and drum patterns that became comfortable. You could imagine these songs as old stateside standards, because, really, that's how they sounded--campfire anthems sung by a couple clinging to very deep love. The Clearing is the third album by the Bowerbirds, and as is often the case for bands that have found steady success, they had more time and better resources to make it. This is a bigger record, then, with bolder sounds and a broader scope. "Tuck The Darkness In" surges in its final two minutes with a wall of electric guitars and drums. "Hush" plays hide and seek with restless vibraphones, pianos and drums, Beth's voice again providing a core of resilience in an otherwise ominous atmosphere. Thing is, these songs don't cede to the increased production demands. The guitars and strings, codas and bridges simply make these thoughts more urgent, more vital and more necessary, but not one bit less permanent. Though "Walk the Furrows" is more complicated than anything the Bowerbirds have ever recorded, the kernel of the song--a new creed for retrenched domesticity in a world flooded with temptation and distraction--feels like bedrock. The Clearing is more than a third record for the Bowerbirds. Between 2009's Upper Air and this one, Beth nearly died after a mysterious illness that put her in the hospital. They rescued and adopted a dog that ran beneath their tour van's tires. Beth and Phil even ended their long relationship but began it again after realizing that, despite their own shortcomings, they didn't want to be with anyone else. Mostly, though, they returned to their cabin in the woods of North Carolina to nest--to make soup and walk dogs, to make art and write songs, to realize that this was their life and find contentment in it. For the Bowerbirds, The Clearing represents the perfect realization of a fresh, timely outlook. Here, there's acceptance with ambition, patience with aspirations, understanding with intelligence. On The Clearing, Phil and Beth sing of the best and most important moments of their life and, in turn, create new ones. In this blistering world, these songs are the rarest sort of balm. The Clearing was recorded with Brian Joseph in Wisconsin's treasured new studio, April Base, and with the help of some righteous microphones in a tiny, battered North Carolina cabin built by freed slaves during Reconstruction. The Clearing was mixed by Nicolas Vernhes in New York's Rare Book Room. The Clearing is available on Dead Oceans starting March 6, 2012--and, subsequently, forever. --Grayson Currin

WATCH: Bowerbirds’ New Video “Overcome With Light”

We would like to share with you the second video from Bowerbirds’ latest LP The Clearing. “Overcome with Light,” is directed by Lawrence Martinez and features beautiful scenes of nature that encapsulate Bowerbirds’ organic appeal.

Bowerbirds are on tour much of this month, and will perform at Pickathon and Lollapalooza  in August! See all of their tour dates HERE.

Bowerbirds Announce New Summer Tour Dates

Happy Friday! What better news to take you into the weekend than new tour dates from Bowerbirds? We couldn’t think of any! Currently touring the States, they’ll travel overseas for a number of European shows. Dates include Faraday, Oya, Roskilde and Greenman Festivals. New dates listed below! You can check out all tour dates HERE.

Want to win a free download of The Clearing? Here’s your chance; we’re giving away a copy on our Facebook for Free Music Friday!



New Dates:
29-JUNE – FARADAY FESTIVAL, BARCELONA (ES)
30-JUNE – venue tbc, SAN SEBASTIAN (ES)
01-JULY – TRANSBORDEUR, LYON (FR)
02-JULY – HANA-BI, RAVENNA (IT)
04-JULY – ARENA, VIENNA (AT)
05-JULY – ROZRYWKI 3, KRAKOW (PL)
07-JULY – ROSKILDE FESTIVAL, ROSKILDE (DK)
08-AUG – OYA FESTIVAL, OSLO (NOR)
09-AUG – WAY OUT WEST, GOTEBORG (SWE)
10-AUG - VOXHALL, AARHUS (DK)
11-AUG – HALDERN POP, HALDERN-REES (GER)
12-AUG – TIVOLI, UTRECHT (NL)
15-AUG – 013, TILBURG (NL)
16-AUG – PUKKELPOP, HASSELT (B)
17-AUG - SUMMER SUNDAE, LEICESTER (UK)
18-AUG – GREENMAN FESTIVAL, BRECON BEACONS (UK)
20-AUG – NOORDERZON FESTIVAL, GRONINGEN(NL)

WATCH: Dead Oceans’ “10,000 Takes” with the Bowerbirds

We here at Dead Oceans are excited to bring you the first installment of the 10,000 Takes video series. Filmed at Minneapolis’ Cedar Cultural Center and produced by Dan Huiting, the session features Bowerbirds in yet another wonderful performance of “This Year,” off their third album, The Clearing. Watch above.

See Bowerbirds live – full list of dates HERE.

Watch: Bowerbirds North Shore Session

While in Minneapolis a few weeks ago, Bowerbirds met with North Shore Sessions to perform a couple of songs in the warehouse district. The chosen location turned out to be perfect, providing ideal acoustics for the music at hand. Vocal harmonies blend together without flaw and carry through the vast, open space. What transpired is a beautiful, jaw-dropping performance of “Overcome With Light” and “Brave World.” Watch above.

Booking Agent Contact

Europe/UK:
BELMONT BOOKINGS - Bob Van Heur
P.O. Box 93031
1090 BA Amsterdam
The Netherlands
p: 31 (0)20 616 2612
www.belmontbookings.nl
e: bob@belmontbookings.nl

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free downloads

In the Yard by Bowerbirds
Northern Lights by Bowerbirds
In Our Talons by Bowerbirds

video

Tuck the Darkness In
by Bowerbirds
Sweet Moment
by Bowerbirds
Overcome With Light
by Bowerbirds
About "The Clearing"
by Bowerbirds
Northern Lights
by Bowerbirds
In Our Talons
by Bowerbirds

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