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Bowerbirds take things to the next level

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How does one followup an album focused nearly 100% on “the thesis that the earth is a sacred place with merit beyond us, and that humans are just visitors here”?

Well, for the Bowerbirds, the answer was to get personal – in other words, the complete opposite of their 2007 debut LP, Hymns for a Dark Horse. Entitled Upper Air, the Raleigh folksters’ sophomore effort is billeddoc018full 1 Bowerbirds take things to the next level as the result of a the band “revealing more, writing from a personal voice, and exploring love and human emotions in ways that have never been fully fleshed-out in their songwriting before.”

The result is a 10 tracks, or “journeys” of emotional powerful narratives backed by a melodic, yet eclectic musicality – acoustic guitars, organ, piano, autoharp, violin, percussion, upright bass and more are used throughout the recording. Ultimately however, the songs do not hide hind the instrumentation, but rather the instrumentation delicately supporting frontman Phil Moore’s voice, creating an album that is simple and subtle.

Upper Air hits record shelves on July 7th. In support of the release, Bowerbirds will embark on a North American tour beginning this week. A European tour, including an appearance at this year’s Primavera Sound, follows.

Upper Air Tracklist:
01. House of Diamonds
02. Teeth
03. Silver Clouds
04. Beneath Your Tree
05. Ghost Life
06. Northern Lights
07. Chimes
08. Bright Future
09. Crooked Lust
10. This Day

Bowerbirds 2009 Tour Dates:
04/25 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel *
04/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Chapel (Early Show) *
04/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Chapel (Late Show) *
04/27 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
04/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Monkeytown (Early Show) *
04/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Monkyetown (Late Show) *
04/30 – Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear’s *
05/01 – Montreal, QC @ Motore ^
05/02 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel ^
05/04 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas ^
05/05 – Bloomington, IN @ Bear’s Place ^
05/07 – Asheville, NC @ The Rocket Club ^
05/08 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 ^
05/22 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
05/23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
05/24 – Brussels, BE @ Madison Des Musiques
05/25 – Paris, FR @ Point Fmr
05/26 – London, UK @ Boderline
05/27 – Nantes, FR @ Spoutnik
05/28 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
05/30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/01 – Carpi, IT @ Mattatoia
06/02 – Pisa, IT @ Caracol
06/03 – Basel, CH @ Volkshaus
06/04 – Zurich, CH @ El Lokal
06/05 – Ebensee, AT @ Kino
06/06 – Vienna, AT @ Arena

* = w/ Bell
^ = w/ La Stranda

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