When Casey Dienel and Shawn Creeden of White Hinterland decided to relocate from the Northeastern United States to the Pacific Northwest, they also took their band’s music in a whole new direction.
The change was born out of necessity; being in a new city without access to a piano — the centerpiece of their previous work — forced them to carve out a new sonic template, so they hunkered down in their Portland studio and started tinkering with loops and acoustic guitars.
The result is White Hinterland’s second full-length album, Kairos, set to be released on March 9 on Dead Oceans records. Continue reading
Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, Phil Moore and Beth Tacular of Bowerbirds create acoustic music for the soul. With their subtle arrangements that boast guitars, piano, autoharp, violin, percussion, upright bass, and a cornucopia of other musical instruments, Bowerbirds are perched on the cusp of indie rock stardom.
Their new album, the excellent Upper Air, dropped on July 7th through their Dead Oceans record label. We’ve got two songs (“Teeth” and “Northern Lights”) from it, as well as their upcoming tour dates, after the jump.
Can’t hear so good, but love pretty visuals? Don’t sweat it: we’ve got the Alan Poon-directed video of “In Our Talons”, from their maiden release Hymns for a Dark Horse, for you too. Continue reading