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 Play Motel Mozaique Festival

Bowerbirds played Rotterdam’s Motel Mozaique festival last week and here’s the video to prove it. Compliments of 3voor12watch above. Fancy a show? See them live in concert this summer. Full list of dates HERE.

Dead Oceans Record Store Day 2012 Instagram Contest


Record Store Day is quickly approaching. Why, it’s this SATURDAY, April 21st. To celebrate, Dead Oceans has an Instagram contest just for you. Check out all the participating Record Store Day stores HERE.

Here are your steps to success…

Step ONE: Make a purchase on Record Store Day
Step TWO: Take a photo of yourself with your purchase WHILE YOU’RE STILL IN THE STORE or at least visibly in front
Step THREE: Post the photo to Instagram
Step FOUR: TAG your photo with #DOCRSD
Step FIVE: Go home and listen to your new music!

We will pick a handful of photos and notify winners the following Monday. Winners will receive some sweet Dead Oceans vinyl care packs.

Our last bit of RSD news! Both the Bowerbirds and The Tallest Man On Earth have exclusive Record Store Day releases coming out. Keep your eye out for King of Spain 12″, featuring King of Spain and dual b-sides of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” and The Tallest Man on Earth’s own “Where I Thought I Met the Angels.” A new Bowerbirds 7″, with The Clearing‘s “In the Yard” and a b-side of “Always An Ear to Bend” will also be available.

Good luck!

See Bear In Heaven, Bowerbirds and The Tallest Man On Earth at 2012′s Lollapalooza

We’ve got some super exciting news to share. Not one, not two, but THREE of our bands will be rocking Lollapalooza this year. See Bear In Heaven, Bowerbirds and The Tallest Man On Earth live in concert! It’s going to be one hell of a weekend. The festival takes place August 3rd-5th in Chicago’s Grant Park! Purchase your tickets HERE.

Bowerbirds Announce New Tour Dates

Now two weeks into tour, the Bowerbirds announce a handful of new June dates. The tour takes them farther into the Midwest and East Coast, allowing you several more chances to see the group live. Thus far, the feedback surrounding their performances has been tremendous. Taking a new form in the live setting, Phil and Beth have grown the band to a five-piece; members include Leah Gibson, Yan Westerlund and Mark Paulson.  See the new tour dates below! Then watch the video of Bowerbirds performing “Overcome with Light” for WNYC’s Soundcheck above.

“Moore and Tacular’s typical commingling of voices, strings, and primitive beats is merged with tastefully synthesized sounds, and while the subject matter remains the same—seasons, love, meadowlarks, frost—their musical breadth has widened considerably. For those who have watched Bowerbirds grow over the years, this show is mandatory. For those who haven’t, do yourself a favor: Start with this crown and work your way back to the foundation. You will not be disappointed.”Portland Mercury

 

New Tour Dates
Thu. June 7 — Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
Fri. June 8 — Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center
Sat. June 9 — Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Mon. June 11 — Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Lounge
Tue. June 12 — Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
>Wed. June 13 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
Thu. June 14 — Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
Sun. June 17 — Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
Mon. June 18 — Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
Tue. June 19 — Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
Wed. June 20 — Portland, ME @ Space
Thu. June 21 — Providence, RI @ The Me

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

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