The Bowerbirds took their name from an Australian species characterized by the males’ propensity for creating artistically sculptural nests to attract mates, a quality that accordionist Beth Tacular found worthy of tribute. The band that she so named rose from the ashes of the late, lamented Ticonderoga when guitarist/vocalist Phil Moore and pianist/vocalist Mark Paulson continued their musical collaboration after their band’s unfortunate dissolution: Moore recruited Tacular as a bandmate initially but their relationship turned personal.
The Bowerbirds take to the road again in support of their stunning new album, Upper Air, slated for release in early July and brimming with the rootsy Folkalachia appeal of Hymns with subtle shades of Nick Drake, Devendra Banhart, Clem Snide, Ron Sexsmith, Van Dyke Parks and Jeff Buckley running through the sparse but beautifully appointed arrangements. The Bowerbirds craft a sound that is equal parts bedroom Pop and front porch Americana, combined in a way that is both timeless and contemporary.
They play the Southgate House at 9:30 p.m. with La Strada. Get some Sound Advice here.