Melodies, atmospheric moments and unusual arrangements make every song of "The Clearing" something special. The third album of the Bowerbirds is a kind of new beginning, with which the congenial duo starts again self-confidently after a long period of uncertainty. Beth Tacular and Phil Moore have written and recorded songs that are among their best so far. Between smooth folk rock à la Midlake and the size of bands like Arcade Fire, they have furnished themselves pleasurably without making themselves too comfortable. "Hush" lives from the hushed vocals of Beth Taculars and a rather bulky, but very appealing arrangement, "Stitch The Helm" doesn't want to let you stop at all with its beguiling harmonies. "This Year" rises to a rumbling finale that exponentiates the greatness of this song once again, and the soulful "In The Yard" weaves guitars with nylon strings with forward-pushing drums and taculars of heavenly voices. Heavenly - this also perfectly describes "The Clearing".
Top track: In The Yard