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

Lollapalooza Here We Come! Catch Bear In Heaven, Bowerbirds and The Tallest Man On Earth Live

Are you ready? We sure hope so, for Lollapalooza fun starts bright and early tomorrow and there’s no time to waste! Three Dead Oceans bands will perform at the festival throughout the weekend. Bear In Heaven perform on the Sony stage Saturday at 1:30PM, while The Tallest Man On Earth will take PlayStation stage at 5:15 PM the same day. Finally, Bowerbirds take the Sony stage on Sunday at 12:00 PM.

We’ve also got two artists from our sister-labels performing. Jagjaguwar’s Sharon Van Etten and Secretly Canadian’s The War On Drugs play back-to-back on Friday. TWOD kick off the Google Play stage at 2:15 PM and Sharon will start on the PlayStation stage at 3:00 PM.

Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar & Secretly Canadian have a team en route to Lollapalooza now. You can follow our festival experience via Instagram (@deadoceans), Twitter and Facebook. Look out for the hashtag: #doclolla as we’ll use it to tag our tweets and photos! Hope to see you there!

Check out our newest Spotify playlist – LOLLAPALOOZA READY 2012. It features songs from Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian artists playing at the festival and also artists we are just stoked to see! Listen on the Spotify app or below! NOTE** It is a collaborative playlist, meaning you can add songs! We encourage everyone to join in and add what they’re excited to see/hear this weekend!

Bowerbirds Announce New Fall Tour Dates

Bowerbirds announce new fall tour dates! Beth, Phil and the rest of the gang head to the West Coast this upcoming October. You can see all of those shows at the end of the post. Next weekend, they’ll play Pickathon and Lollapolooza, with performances at Oya, Green Man, Noorderzon, Pukkelpop, Haldern Pop and Way Out West festivals to follow.

Watch Bowerbirds perform “Stitch The Hem” for Live at Braund Sound.

New Fall Tour Dates:
10/16/12 Santa Barbara, CA- SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
10/17/12 Los Angeles, CA- El Rey Theatre
10/19/12 San Diego, CA- Casbah
10/20/12 Phoenix, AZ- Crescent Ballroom
10/21/12 Tucson, AZ- Club Congress
10/23/12 Denver, CO- Larimer Lounge
10/24/12 Salt Lake City, UT- Kilby Court
10/26/12 Boise, ID- Neurolux
10/27/12 Portland, OR- Doug Fir Lounge
10/28/12 Seattle, WA- Neumos
10/29/12 Vancouver, BC- The Biltmore Cabaret
11/01/12 San Francisco, CA- Great American Music Hall

VIDEO: Bowerbirds Perform “Stitch The Hem” Live, Interview with NBC’s Nonstop Sound

BOWERBIRDS / STITCH THE HEM / LIVE AT BRAUND SOUND from STEREOSPECTACULAR on Vimeo.

Stereospectacular share a wonderful new video of Bowerbirds performing “Stitch The Hem” live at Braund Sound Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It’s off their recently release album, The Clearing. Beth and Phil also sat down to talk with NBC’s Nonstop Sound, sharing the adorable story of when they first met. Watch both videos above.

Bowerbirds Release New Video For “Sweet Moment”

Young love can be a powerful force. Young love, when faced with saying goodbye, can be even more powerful. Directed by Jacob Feiring, the video for “Sweet Moment” wonderfully captures these emotions. The story of two young lovers, running away from their lives, set to the comforting tunes of the Bowerbirds makes for a video that causes nostalgia to set in and the memories of young love to come floating back. Watch above.

Be sure to catch Bowerbirds on tour this summer! See the full list of tour dates HERE.

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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