As Bowerbirds, Beth Tacular and Phil Moore have crafted delicate, captivating folk songs that make the heart swell.
After a year apart and a lot of thinking, they’ve emerged with a beautifully constructed third release, The Clearing, that encapsulates their rebirth as both a band and a couple. The duo recently sat down with staff writer Elizabeth Byrum to discuss the making of the new album, getting back to touring and the overall importance of discovering everyday beauty.
Diversions: What are some of the themes on your new album The Clearing?
Beth Tacular: I guess there are a lot of themes of impermanence, death and enjoying the moment while you can — appreciating things that are around you.
Also just joy in the things you do in life and taking joy in the things that are wonderful about your life. Embracing the dark things in the world, the hard times in your life.
Dive: I understand you split the recording process between here at home and Bon Iver’s Wisconsin studio. What was that process like and why did you choose to do it that way?
Phil Moore: It was really not meant to be like that all. We were supposed to go up to Wisconsin and record the whole thing there. We had 11 songs and ten days and we were attempting to do that all in those ten days, and we had too much ambition for what the songs were. That was just an impossibility.
We came back and started recording on our own like we had done on the previous albums and that whole long drawn out process kind of formed how the album turned out.
The demos we recorded before that were a little more simple and we had all this extra time to layer ideas and take stuff away as well, kind of figure out what each song needed.