October 24 — “Stitch The Hem” by Bowerbirds

Beth Tacular and Phil Moore (Bowerbirds)

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Stitch The Hem” by Bowerbirds (2012, from the album The Clearing).

Bowerbirds is an indie folk band from Raleigh, North Carolina who have been active since 2006. They’ve released one EP and three proper albums, including a new one which was released this March. The band is centered around the romantic duo of Beth Tacular and Phil Moore. In fact, it’s usually the case that Bowerbirds is that pair. On this record, drummer Yan Westerlund is credited as a band member. They have a bunch of friends who regularly contribute, and I think Mark Paulson is also an “official” member.

I’m hoping that I’ll spend more time writing about North Carolina bands from now until the end of the calendar year. I’ve only written about a few so far, and there are quite a few really good ones who I’ll hope to be writing about.

To be honest, I was a bit late to the Bowerbirds game. They’re a band who I’d been hearing a lot of chirping about, but I didn’t get around to actually listening to them until a few months ago. As soon as I did that, I decided to make up for missed time by gobbling up all three of their records in quick order.

Today’s song is one of my favorites from the new record.

“Stitch The Hem” by Bowerbirds

The fact that this is driven by the piano and features quite a bit of coed vocal harmonies makes me think of The Head and The Heart, and how that Seattle band must have taken a cue or two from Bowerbirds. Obviously, this album came out after The Head and The Heart enjoyed their fifteen minutes early this year, but the older Bowerbirds stuff sounds like it could have been at least a little bit of an influence on those kids.

Those harmonies, by the way, are my favorite thing about this song. And the Kathryn Calder-esque “woooooo ooooohoooooh” by Tacular at the beginning of the song.

For some extra credit, check out this video of Bowerbirds performing “Stitch The Hem” for the folks at Braund Sound Studio in Brooklyn:

You can buy The Clearing from the band’s web shop here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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