MP3: New Bowerbirds; LP Details


March album will boast
a bigger, lusher sound from the avant-Americana duo.


By Blurt Staff


The Clearing is
the third album by N.C.’s Bowerbirds, and the Dead Oceans label has set a March
6 street date for it. A full tour will accompany the release (see itinerary
below). You can listen to the lead track and first single here:



Previous records Hymns
for a Dark Horse
 and Upper Air earned the duo – Beth Tacular,
Phil Moore – considerable critical acclaim, although as the band describes
those recordings, they “were made on the quick and the cheap, with
nylon-stringed guitars, fiddle lines and drum patterns that became comfortable.”
This time around, they put more time and effort into their craftsmanship.


According to the label:


“Bowerbirds had more
time and better resources to make the new album. This is a bigger record, with
bolder sounds, a broader scope, and more complicated songs. “Tuck
The Darkness In,”
for example, surges in its final two minutes with a wall
of electric guitars and drums, while other tracks feature restless vibraphones,
pianos and drums. 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.


“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.”





1. Tuck
the Darkness In

In the Yard

Walk the Furrows

Stitch the Hem

This Year

Brave World


Overcome with Light

Sweet Moment

Death Wish

Now We Hurry On


Tour Dates:


Sat. March 17 — Carrboro,
NC @ Cat’s Cradle

Wed. March 21 — Washington,
DC @ Black Cat

Thu. March 22 — Philadelphia,
PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

Fri. March 23 — New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Sat. March 24 — Boston, MA @ Paradise

Mon. March 26 — Montreal,
QC @ La Sala Rossa

Tue. March 27 — Toronto,
ON @ The Garrison

Thu. March 29 — Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

Sat. March 31 — Minneapolis,
MN @ Cedar Cultural Center

Tue. April 3 — Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

Wed. April 4 — Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

Fri. April 6 — San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

Sat. April 7 — Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour

Sun. April 8 — San Diego, CA @ Casbah

Wed. April 11 — Austin, TX @ The Parish

Thu. April 12 — Dallas,
TX @ The Loft

Sat. April 14 — Birmingham,
AL @ The Bottletree

Sun. April 15 — Atlanta,
GA @ The Earl


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