Sounds Like: Andrew Bird, Magnolia Electric Co., Vetiver
Why You Should Care: While not as immediately accessible as you would expect, there's real rewards to be found in Bowerbirds music if you are willing to give it a little of your time.
North Carolina’s Bowerbirds hit the ground running with their 2007 debut Hymns For A Dark Horse. That albums sparse, off-kilter beauty garnered the band both critical and commercial acclaim and drew comparisons to the likes of Devandra Banhardt, Vetiver, The Mountain Goats, and even Jeff Buckley.
Now in 2012 the group is back with their latest effort, The Clearing, and not only have Philip Moore, Beth Tacular and Matt Damron embraced their inner Andrew Bird, but they’ve brought a little more weight, a little more lushness to their sound that serves them quite well.
“Tuck The Darkness In”, the first single from The Clearing occupies a space somewhere between the aforementioned Bird and Magnolia Electric Co. yet still maintains that comforting “otherness” that the bulk of the Bowerbirds music possesses. Patiently anthemic and crackling with an about-to-explode emotional force, “Darkness”, like the rest of the songs on The Clearing, challenges the listener to think a little differently about their folk-pop and offers huge rewards if you’re willing to give it just a little of your time.
Bowerbirds play with Dry The River at The Black Cat TONIGHT and you can get your tickets right HERE.
We’ll see you at the show!