Two releases from one of the best indie labels in the business . . .
BOWERBIRDS-â€œIn Our Talonsâ€
The Bowerbirds make the kind of folk music youâ€™d expect from this label: Low-key and anything but bright and hopeful. â€œIn Our Talonsâ€ has all the vocals youâ€™d expect from an old-fashioned folk tune (think Joan Baez or Joni Mitchell), complete with â€œdee dee deeâ€ harmonies, but over it all is a churning menaceâ€”an acoustic guitar recorded low and gravelly. Take a listen: If you like this song, youâ€™ll love this album.
LORD DOG BIRD-â€œLord Dog Birdâ€
The mystical moniker that serves as both the name of the band and the name of their debut album is no coincidence: Lord Dog Bird is strange and medieval. It is the product of guitarist Colin McCann, who wrote it while his band Wilderness (on the Jagjaguwar label) was on extended hiatus. It sounds like most of what youâ€™ll find on his bandâ€™s label: Emotionless, slightly sad, drone-y, and somewhat creepy. Although McCann is a guitar player by trade, and the guitar work is the star here, youâ€™ll also find plenty of good keyboard work. An interesting work from an always interesting label.