Bowerbirds, 'Hymns for a Dark Horse' (Burly Time)

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Hymns for a Dark Horse
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Label: Burly Time

by Stacey Anderson

Though he insists that "there is hate all around" ("Human Hands"), it's difficult to imagine lead Bowerbird Phil Moore getting miffed about it. Pessimistic declarations litter his hippie-folk trio's debut album, but the music behind them bounces with Devendra Banhart–style whimsy, from the roughly hewn, chirpy harmonies to the vaguely nautical swoon of accordion and violin to the percussive fireworks of a can banged with a stick. Living, Walden-like, in an Airstream trailer in the North Carolina woods, Bowerbirds craft their twee beatnik fatalism with rustic gusto.

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