Bowerbirds - Hymns for a Dark Horse (3 stars)

Bowerbirds - Hymns for a Dark Horse

(Dead Oceans)


Bowerbirds, a trio of folkers from North Carolina create tumbledown tunes of love, nature and wistful remembrance. It’s charmingly enigmatic, touching with its veiled simplicity and ramshackle, scratchy folk. Layered vocals, acoustic guitars, drums, accordion or pedal keyboard mesh to create a delicate beauty. It brings to mind the likes of Polyphonic Spree, Devandra Bernhard, even Marc Bolan and there’s a comforting warmth in tracks such as ‘In Our Talons’ and ‘Bur Oak’. There’s darkness and a fear of the industrialised world in here, but this is an ultimately uplifting, low key collection that transcends its organic origins.

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