Birch Book – A Hand Full Of Days
Little Somebody Records 2009
[tags: (acoustic), folk, psychedelic, 2009]
Listen while reading:
Patchwork Woman (from A Hand Full Of Days)
Sad Song (from A Hand Full Of Days)
Birch Book from Portland/Oregon is one of the most underestimated folk bands I know because Bobin Eirth (also known as the singer of In Gowan Ring) got incredibel songwriting abilities and every album of him is nothing than a long and mystical journey waiting for you to join and explore it. His second output Fortune & Folly was one of my most played albums in 2008 (even though it was released back in 2006 but I had not discovered it earlier) and now a new full length release is finished and I can’t tell you how happy I am. It’s called A Hand Full Of Days.
Bobin’s hushed vocals and his beautiful melodies and arrangements are outstanding and I know no other band that plays a similar folk style and is soo haunting and delightful at the same time. The leading instruments are acoustic guitar and piano. There are moments of pedal steel, bowed contrabass, percussions and some electronic sounds as well, but the main picture is characterized by the combination of vocals, guitar and piano (or should I rather say the main picture is the whole album experienced as one without picking out some distinct elements? I think so.) Bobin is not afraid of combining instrumental and regular tracks wherefore listening to the album becomes more of an event because it would be wasted time if you just let it fly past you without taking some time to really listen to it.
Let me put this one short. A Hand Full Of Days is one of the best folk albums I’ve heard in a while and if you are in the mood for some really great music that sounds a bit different than the other folk music you listen to, buy your copy right now and you will have added a brilliant folk gem of late 2009 to your record collection. You can get your copy over at Little Somebody Records and don’t hesitate to visit Birch Book’s MySpace for further information.