North Carolina folksters and Iowa City favorites, Bowerbirds are to release their 3rd studio album on March 6th. And guess what? They’re hitting up Mission Creek later that month. The trio has been gaining momentum ever since their fantastic 2007 debut, Hymns for a Dark Horse, and their indie cred is only on the upswing. Yeah, the Bowerbirds have been doing alright for themselves; The Clearing was recorded in Justin Vernon’s (Bon Iver) Wisconsin studio and will be released on a pretty dope label (Dead Oceans). Bowerbirds also seem to be on a familiar upward arc of accessibility, which usually scares me with most bands, but I know I can trust these guys to do it right. This is not to say that Bowerbirds were ever super “out there” or anything, but after listening to 2009′s Upper Air, the songs are tighter, more polished now. I sometimes close my eyes and imagine that these songs were not written by any human, but extracted from the earth, from roots of trees and projected in English through front man, Philip Moore’s mouth. Alright, you’re allowed to roll your eyes at that one, but I dare you to go to this show and not feel like you’re at least a little bit entranced.
The Clearing is another album you’re going to have just enough time to get to know before Mission Creek. Bowerbirds play with Sharon Van Etten at the Mill on March 28th. Sometimes managing your festival week can get a little overwhelming, but this is not a show you’ll want to skip.
Listen/download the first track here: