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Interesting CD Releases for July 7 by uncdiversions
July 7, 2009, 7:24 pm
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If you have enough money left over after buying all those Micheal Jackson CDs, there are some really great Triangle bands hitting you with new releases this week.

Raleigh’s Bowerbirds have a new one coming out. The sophomore effort, Upper Air, will be invading record stores nationally on the wings of respected indie label Dead Oceans.

Befitting its name, the new record is much more airy than its predecessor, trading in the tense, elemental folk of 2007’s Hymns for a Dark Horse for a softly flowing mix of acoustic guitar, accordion and piano.

The songwriting is also brighter. While it’s still environmental, Phil Moore now focuses on the uplifting elements of his connection with the Earth. All told, it’s a grower, but one which rewards repeated listens with calming waves of muted optimism.

Next up, we have the new full-length from Chapel Hill’s Bombadil.

Darker and more serious than the band’s first record, Tarpits and Canyonlands tempers the band’s whimsical folk approach with big issues such as suicide and the decaying institution of marriage.

The band has also refined its sound, giving it a harder pop edge that makes it catchier and easier to take seriously.

The release of the record will be celebrated with a listening party this Saturday at Durham’s Golden Belt.

Rounding out this strong local trio is the debut EP from I Was Totally Destroying It side project On The Beach.

Hitting much harder than its sister band, Finals hitches roaring, accessible alternative rock to common themes of emo music.

While it might be staid and stale lyrically, the music hits with fury, making the EP an easily listenable collection of cathartic riffs and muffled vocals.

On The Beach’s Thursday performance at the Cave for this year’s Club Is Open Festival will act as the record release party.

Alright, that about does it for this week. See you next time.

– By Diversions Editor Jordan Lawrence

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