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Hymns For a Dark Horse

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Originally released in 2007 on the band's own Burly Time label and reissued the following year with two additional tracks, Hymns for a Dark Horse is that rarity, an album from the modern acid folk scene that doesn't sound like a hipster put-on by an act that five years before would have been trying to sound like the Strokes. Written when singer and guitarist Phil Moore and his girlfriend Beth Tacular were living in a remote rural cabin while Moore was working for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, tracking and cataloguing local birds, these songs are suffused with avian and other natural imagery, but in a very natural way that doesn't smack of the classic old rock band cliché "getting our heads together in the country, maaaaaaaaaaaan." Songs like "Bur Oak" and "The Marbled Godwit" have enough of the verbal mystery of vintage folk tunes to connect them to a larger musical continuum than the likes of Joanna Newsom can manage. Though the hipsterish oddness of the songs' arrangements -- alongside Moore's vocals and guitar, Tacular plays accordion and wallops on an old-fashioned marching band-style bass drum to keep time -- and Moore and Tacular's typically unlovely indie rock voices keep Hymns for a Dark Horse from sounding like a new generation Dock Boggs, Hymns for a Dark Horse stays close to the folk side of the acid folk label. However, the two new songs on the Dead Oceans reissue, recorded after producer Mark Paulson joined the band as a full-time member, adding bass and drums to the duo's previously spartan sound, show that this vibe may now be a thing of the past. Though the dark, droning "Matchstick Maker" merely sounds like a slightly fuller and more menacing version of the rest of the album's signature sound, the full-band "La Denigracion" sounds straight out of Beirut's faux-European playbook.
© Stewart Mason /TiVo

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1
Hooves
00:02:40

Bowerbirds, Artist, MainArtist

2008 Dead Oceans 2008 Dead Oceans

2
In Our Talons
00:03:53

Bowerbirds, Artist, MainArtist

2008 Dead Oceans 2008 Dead Oceans

3
Human Hands
00:03:19

Bowerbirds, Artist, MainArtist

2008 Dead Oceans 2008 Dead Oceans

4
Dark Horse
00:04:33

Bowerbirds, Artist, MainArtist

2008 Dead Oceans 2008 Dead Oceans

5
Bur Oak
00:05:00

Bowerbirds, Artist, MainArtist

2008 Dead Oceans 2008 Dead Oceans

6
My Oldest Memory
00:04:31

Bowerbirds, Artist, MainArtist

2008 Dead Oceans 2008 Dead Oceans

7
The Marbled Godwit
00:04:00

Bowerbirds, Artist, MainArtist

2008 Dead Oceans 2008 Dead Oceans

8
Slow Down
00:03:54

Bowerbirds, Artist, MainArtist

2008 Dead Oceans 2008 Dead Oceans

9
The Ticonderoga
00:04:30

Bowerbirds, Artist, MainArtist

2008 Dead Oceans 2008 Dead Oceans

10
Olive Hearts
00:05:29

Bowerbirds, Artist, MainArtist

2008 Dead Oceans 2008 Dead Oceans

11
La Denigracion (Bonus Track)
00:03:17

Bowerbirds, Artist, MainArtist

2008 Dead Oceans 2008 Dead Oceans

12
Matchstick Maker (Bonus Track)
00:04:40

Bowerbirds, Artist, MainArtist

2008 Dead Oceans 2008 Dead Oceans

Album Description

Originally released in 2007 on the band's own Burly Time label and reissued the following year with two additional tracks, Hymns for a Dark Horse is that rarity, an album from the modern acid folk scene that doesn't sound like a hipster put-on by an act that five years before would have been trying to sound like the Strokes. Written when singer and guitarist Phil Moore and his girlfriend Beth Tacular were living in a remote rural cabin while Moore was working for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, tracking and cataloguing local birds, these songs are suffused with avian and other natural imagery, but in a very natural way that doesn't smack of the classic old rock band cliché "getting our heads together in the country, maaaaaaaaaaaan." Songs like "Bur Oak" and "The Marbled Godwit" have enough of the verbal mystery of vintage folk tunes to connect them to a larger musical continuum than the likes of Joanna Newsom can manage. Though the hipsterish oddness of the songs' arrangements -- alongside Moore's vocals and guitar, Tacular plays accordion and wallops on an old-fashioned marching band-style bass drum to keep time -- and Moore and Tacular's typically unlovely indie rock voices keep Hymns for a Dark Horse from sounding like a new generation Dock Boggs, Hymns for a Dark Horse stays close to the folk side of the acid folk label. However, the two new songs on the Dead Oceans reissue, recorded after producer Mark Paulson joined the band as a full-time member, adding bass and drums to the duo's previously spartan sound, show that this vibe may now be a thing of the past. Though the dark, droning "Matchstick Maker" merely sounds like a slightly fuller and more menacing version of the rest of the album's signature sound, the full-band "La Denigracion" sounds straight out of Beirut's faux-European playbook.
© Stewart Mason /TiVo

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