Published Dec 01, 2011Raleigh, NC's Bowerbirds have been through a lot since their 2009 sophomore set, Upper Air. Singer Beth Tacular was beset and bed-ridden by a mysterious illness that almost took her life. The group adopted a dog that they had met after it ran beneath their tour van's tires. And Tacular and singer/guitarist Phil Moore's romantic relationship went through a rough patch. In turn, these events helped shape the troupe's upcoming third album, The Clearing.
Dead Oceans will release the disc on March 6, with a press release explaining that the band have gone through a transformation, both personally and sonically. While early records touted a hushed campfire-surrounding sound, The Clearing is described as a "bigger record, with bolder sounds, a broader scope and more complicated songs."
Rustic touches of acoustic guitars are still said to be prominently on display, but an increased production value has taken the experience beyond the back porch. Tracks like "Tuck the Darkness in," which you can download here, expands their musical palate with vibraphone tones, crashing drums and walls of electric guitar.
Tacular and Moore's personal life was rocked when the pair split up for a spell, but the statement says that "despite their own shortcomings, they didn't want to be with anyone else." Following the reconciliation, the couple cloistered in a North Carolina cabin and crafted The Clearing.
You can check out the tracklisting below and the album cover above.
Shortly after the record drops, Bowerbirds will be hitting the road for a string of shows, including Canadian stops in Toronto and Montreal. The tour schedule is also down below.
1. "Tuck the Darkness In"
2. "In the Yard"
3. "Walk the Furrows"
4. "Stitch the Hem"
5. "This Year"
6. "Brave World"
8. "Overcome with Light"
9. "Sweet Moment"
10. "Death Wish"
11. "Now We Hurry On"
3/17 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
3/21 Washington, DC - Black Cat
3/22 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
3/23 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
3/24 Boston, MA - Paradise
3/26 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
3/27 Toronto, ON - The Garrison
3/29 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
3/31 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
4/3 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
4/4 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
4/6 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
4/7 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
4/8 San Diego, CA - Casbah
4/11 Austin, TX - The Parish
4/12 Dallas, TX - The Loft
4/14 Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
4/15 Atlanta, GA - The Earl