Bowerbirds – Upper Air

January 01, 1970

(Dead
Oceans)

 

www.deadoceans.com

 

If
nothing else, the Bowerbirds offer proof positive that melodic seduction
requires nothing more than an acoustic strum, low-lit arrangements and gentle harmonies
in sedate circumstances.  With their
sophomore set, the duo – singer/songwriter Phil Moore and harmonizing
girlfriend Beth Tacular – don’t aspire to much more than a pastoral perspective
and a warm fireside embrace, and while Upper
Air
sometimes seems to be in need of a jolt of adrenalin, the sweetness of
songs like “House of Diamonds, “Teeth,” “Chimes” and “Northern Lights”
literally seem to coast on their charms while softly seducing the listener
along the way. 

 

Having
gathered their inspirations in the rustic environs of a cabin in the Carolinas,
far from civilization, the duo makes music with a nonchalant attitude and
unhurried perspective, a modern day John and Beverly Martyn, Incredible String
Band, or Pentangle, minus the jazzier inclinations.  Slightly unraveled on occasion, and cautiously
disjointed, Bowerbirds’ casual caress gradually works its magic through
repeated hearings, evoking its romantic notions through a mellow, meandering
drift.  Given such unassuming intents,
the chances of the Bowerbirds actually taking flight may be limited, but Upper Air can still be recommended,
particularly for those who consider intimacy its own reward.

 

Standout tracks: “House of Diamonds,” “Northern
Lights” LEE ZIMMERMAN

 

 

 

 

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