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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Hymns for a Dark Horse

Posted on Thu, Jul 5, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Hymns for a Dark Horse
Label: Burly Time
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Hymns for a Dark Horse
The austere, intimate Hymns for a Dark Horse is of the modest acoustic folk variety, barely peaking at volume levels above those that you'd expect from close friends nonchalantly fiddling with instruments at a get-together. The vibrant debut from North Carolina's Bowerbirds, a nature-obsessed three-piece that doesn't need much more than its trailer (reportedly parked in Chatham County's woods), features roomy male/female harmonies atop arrangements of acoustic guitars, violins, accordions and sparse percussion. The clops, clicks and clacks that fall in the back corner of 'Slow Downâ?� do just that: Lead singer/guitarist Phil Moore's not-quite-Sondre Lerche melancholia details the simple life that people chase deep into the forest ('My sweetheart and I will retire to the tide poolsâ?�), all over ooh's and aah's sweet enough to soak a stack of flapjacks in.

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