The best songs of North Carolina's Bowerbirds have always seemed eternal. Coruscated by Beth Tacular's bird song and Phil Moore's environmentalist empathy, "In Our Talons" (off Bowerbirds' Hymns for a Dark Horse) was, at its core, a quest for solidarity in a world of closing shadows. Upper Air's "Northern Lights" painted a pained portrait of love shrouded in doubt as perfectly as Cash, Dylan or Cohen ever have. These felt like more than songs; they felt like treasures.
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Bowerbirds are an American folk band, formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2006. The group comprises Phil Moore (vocals, guitar, hi-hat/tambourine), Beth Tacular (accordion, bass drum, vocals), and Mark Paulson (drums, violin). Allmusic writer Stewart Mason places their sound on "the dividing line between the freak folk contingent led by Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom and the more straightforward sunshine pop of Lavender Diamond." Their debut album, Hymns For a Dark Horse (Burly Time Records, 2007), received favorable reviews. Bowerbirds have toured in support of The Mountain Goats, with John Darnielle referring to the band as his "new favorite band in forever". Their second album, Upper Air, was released July 7, 2009.