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Bowerbirds @ Pitchfork

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Posted by teibs On July - 20 - 2009

bowerbirds@andlaurasays Achingly beautiful and absolutely enchanting, Bowerbirds were like a ray of sunshine on a quite unnaturally cold and cloudy day at Pitchfork. I was instantly mesmerized.

Their sound, not unlike a certain Justin Vernon who I frequently rave about whenever I get the chance, is simple and pure indie folk. The blending of Moore’s acoustic guitar, Beth Tacular’s accordion, keys, and soft backing vocals, Brad Cook’s smooth upright bass, and Mark Paulson’s soft, yet powerful drumming and violin was magical and dream-like. Especially with the canopy of trees hovering over the audience’s head at the Balance Stage, the smallest of the three stages.

“And you’re the kindlin’ still that burns below my heart, you’re the memory now that lives across the world,” crooned Moore as Tacular came in on her accordion with a soft violin in the background at the finish of “Hooves,” which nearly tears your heart in two when you hear it. Other highlights of the set were the Pitchfork-approved “Northern Lights,” “Chimes,” and “In Our Talons,” all performed spot-on.
With two full albums to their name and a niche within the indie world, Bowerbirds drew in quite the crowd.

Unfortunately, many people seemed to not really be paying attention and there were lots of very loud conversations being held around me, which was a huge distraction. People, although I would otherwise LOVE to hear about how wasted you got last night, please shut up and move along. Thank you. 8.9/10

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