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Upper Air

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The follow-up to 2007's acclaimed "Hymns For A Dark Horse". "Upper Air" moves away from the singular sound and sentiment; each song is a unique, beautiful piece. The arrangements are subtle: acoustic guitars, organ, piano, autoharp, violin, percussion, upright bass, and more are used throughout. This music has the spirit of Richard and Linda Thompson, the currency of Devendra Banhart, and the addictively sweet melodicism of Iron & Wine, but it churns with an underlying energy closer to a Beirut or something more raw, more wild.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 7, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DEAD OCEANS
  • ASIN: B0027DWA4M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you like Andrew Bird and simple American folk with a hipster vibe, Bowerbirds will come through, but maybe not with flying colors. I saw them in Chicago a few years ago and liked the male/female shared production. But the album was a bit disappointing to me. I was hoping for more building intensity that their live show had that the album didn't. It's just my opinion, you may not want intensity, if so then it's terrific.
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I happened upon this band after watching them perform on NPR's All Songs Considered Podcast. I bought the mp3 on Amazon right away (what a deal for $5!)

This band exemplifies the kind of lo-fi beauty that represents the very best of Indie music. When I just want to listen to something soothing and beautiful, I turn this album on.

Looking forward to exploring their other works, hoping it sounds similar to Upper Air.
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Despite the fact that this album has barely left the turnable in the past 18 months I cannot tell you till this day how "Northern Lights" managed to appear on my I Touch. Frankly I had never heard of the Bowerbirds and my life was no worse for it, that said it is now vastly improved. The "Northern Lights" is a wonderful country love song that is sparse in its modesty and yet it gently boils until you appreciate the full majesty of it all. See the band perform it brilliantly on You Tube live from the Digital Arts Entertainment Lab. It is pitch perfect, avoids becoming overwrought and has Appalachian charm that many country songs sorely lack. I love the second verse in particular -

"And I don't need you to catch my wanderin mind
And I don't expect a southern girl to know the northern lights
And all I want is your eyes
In the morning as we wake
For a short while"

This album and the excellent debut "Hymns for a Dark horse" (check out the accordion driven "In our talons") are not going to grab you instantly. It is a slow almost ponderous grower but it when it clicks is becomes a true friend. NME described it "as delicate, cloud-drifting Americana" which is spot on and is demonstrated most clearly on the surging "Teeth". Vocalist Phil Moore reminds me of the great Elvis Perkins while his girlfriend the uniquely named Beth Tacular provides strong melodic support throughout (surely her friends must nickname her "Spec"?). Other standouts include "House of Diamonds" where Ms Taculars singing comes to the fore throughout the chorus and the strong lyrics declaring that "You are free from the greed of your culture / you are free from the lust for the luster of the diamond houses in the city's cluster.
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Nice record if you like Bon Iver, The Microphones and Americana.
Lyrics are very simple yet very poetic.
Sounds awesome on vinyl.
My Fav. record on this winter time.
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Similar to The The Tallest Man on Earth, but sounds a little thin at times. The vocals remind me of Iron&Wine, not the content but the style in which they are sung. Key tracks: Teeth, Northern Lights, Crooked Lust.
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