The BOWERBIRDS – ” Azaleas “

Posted: October 31, 2020 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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“Azaleas” is the sound of Bowerbirds’ Phil Moore wrestling with uncertainty; it’s a succinct examination of how Bowerbirds’ hopefulness endures, in spite of itself. Written and recorded in just a few weeks at Moore’s North Carolina home during quarantine, on these songs, Bowerbirds’ subtle, tender folk rails against capitalism and complacency, rippling with the frustration of wanting to push back against the world at large.

Like Bowerbirds earlier 2020 EP, Endless Chase: 2020 Singles, Azaleas mines Moore’s memories for inspiration – but here, that collides sharply with existential malaise. These six songs exist in the strange, stark chasm between the dread of the present and the warmth of nostalgia, teetering between now and then.

The bookends of Azaleas contain Moore’s thesis in its purest form. Opener “Home Wrecker” unfolds with him wondering, What’s it all worth in the end? As long as there’s lives left, there’s lives left to waste, trying to push back against the weight of how fucked we all are. But by the end, he’s come back around –closer “No One Left in the Garden,” written for Moore’s son, is sanguine and inherently forward-looking. He’s buoyed by his faith in the person his son is becoming, and how he seems better off with handling hardships than his father. It’s like leaving places better than we found them –it’s the cyclical nature of how and why we come around to believe in the future again, even when the odds seem against it.

The new Bowerbirds EP ‘Azaleas’ is out everywhere now, along with the lyric video and visuals I made for “Home Wrecker.” I wrote and recorded all of the songs on this EP during a just few weeks at home during this unprecedented time… Including some 4am drum tracking (sorry, neighbours.) This is an EP about feeling frustrated with the world at large and not knowing how to push back against it. It’s also about finding hope, in spite of everything.

Home Wrecker” from the new EP by Bowerbirds, Azaleas, out now on Psychic Hotline. released October 30th, 2020

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