Hymns For A Dark Horse

I was able to fix my Hard drive. Feels good not having to spend a lot of money on data recovery or trying to find all my music from scratch again.

The first thing I put on was the Bowerbirds. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to their debut album, Hymns For A Dark Horse. It’s one of those albums I can listen to over and over again and not get tired of. It’s a nu-folk band if that’s what you want to call it. I really love the lyrics and overall atmosphere of it. I first heard of them from reading John Darnielle’s blog Last Plane to Jakarta I didn’t think much of it at first. Later that summer Bessie and I went to see The Mountain Goats at the Middle East. (If you don’t know who they are then you should be ashamed of yourself. Go sit in the corner until you feel bad for living under a rock). I generally make an effort to see them at least once a year during their consistent visits to the Boston area. The Bowerbirds opened that evening. Bessie fell instantly in love with them. I just didn’t really get it. I attributed her glee to similar but slightly varied taste in music (Devendra Banhart). I just shrugged it off as another “freak folk” group. As the weeks went on, she did nothing but rave about the “life changing” (I may be just making the quote up) Bowerbirds performance and album.

I decided to give it another shot. She lent me the album and I fell in love with it instantly. I can’t exactly put my finger on what it is that’s so amazing. You just have to listen for your selves. It will “change your life”

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