|RECORD REVIEW: BOWERBIRDS - THE CLEARING|
|Tuesday, 10 April 2012 04:57|
I first came across Raleigh folk/pop outfit Bowerbirds in a tactile sense three years ago when they did some live work for the Vienna cultural and media collective They Shoot Music. In a seemingly effortless canter, the trio walked and played their way around the fine Austrian capital showcasing songs off their second album, the 2009 effort Upper Air. Always impeccibly restrained, their thoughtful, unique brand of independent Americana and folk stylings blended in perfectly with their surroundings.
And so it is with their new record The Clearing, where each track presents itself as part of a seamless whole, a ride through nature, a document of not only musical virtuosity but intelligent songwriting. But the real story before its gestation period began was far from seamless and the break down in the personal relationship between principles Beth Tacular and Phillip Moore may have threatened to prematurely end the band itself. Thankfully for us they worked it out and eventually presented us with this fine album.
'Sweet Moment' continues the penchant Bowerbirds have for matching song titles with the feel of the music as beautiful cooing harmonies take centre stage. However, as if to confound that theory immediately, the careful and delicate blending of piano, guitar and flourishes of percussive brushes on the following track bely what 'Death Wish' has in store for us as foreboding horns and strings serve to finish the track with the appropriate mood. Closing track, 'As We Hurry On' serves as a perfect conclusion to the record as Moore sings about the importance of taking in the little things in life; "what we see under the sun is what we get'...we used to see the forest, now we see the trees".
James Stocker - April 10, 2012
Bowerbirds Mini Documentary about The Clearing
Tuck The Darkness In
From the album, 'The Clearing', Dead Oceans.
Overcome With Light
From the album, The Clearing, Dead Oceans.
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