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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 billed 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.

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    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

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    * = w/ Bell
    ^ = w/ La Stranda

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