Upper Air, their second release, is a more finely honed and consistent affair than debut Hymns For A Dark Horse, but retains the band's core appeal...simple, rustic, positive folk propelled by Moore's powerful acoustic guitar and Moore and Tacular's beautiful, wistful harmonies.
It's an inviting sound, if not quite as impressive or transcendent as that of friends/contemporaries Bon Iver or Fleet Foxes.
My one quibble with this album is while most of the tracks get off to a great start, and are consistent throughout, few if any build musically or emotionally beyond the first verse/chorus. A more anthemic approach on a couple of these tracks would have done wonders to improve the album's overall dynamics and appeal
Still, there's a number of winning songs here, and for fans of this style of contemporary folk, this is a fine, if never spectacular, listen.
Status: Mild Recommend
Cherry Picker's Best Bets: Teeth, Ghost Life, Chimes, Crooked Lust.
Here's a live version of Teeth the presents a very clear rendition of Bowerbirds sound!
1. House of Diamonds - 7
2. Teeth - 7
3. Silver Clouds - 6
4. Beneath Your Tree - 7
5. Ghost Life - 7
8. Bright Future - 5
9. Crooked Lust - 7
10. This Day - 6
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