Fusing the sweetness of Karen Carpenter with a cunning bent for delicate prog stylings Pigeons return with a confident record in The Bower. Touches of haunting lullabies and acid-drenched song structures wash over a lush, otherworldly collection of songs. Written whilst they lived in a house in the woods, obviously. Out on vinyl LP from MIE music.
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- The Bower by Pigeons
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 October 2015The cover photo is of a very timely autumnal woodland glade but……Pigeons? It’s not the most inspiring of names its it? ….I mean.... to paraphrase Edwin Starr "pigeons, what are they good for?" As well as the in vogue autumnal imagery they are heavy on another thing you can’t move for at the moment - the flute. Flutes are currently as ubiquitous as beards and people getting annoyed on twitter. Here they twist around some gentle folk rock on opener ‘Foxglove’ before a massive big man guitar comes in and bludgeons its way to the end of the track. It’s very hippy dippy - the lyrics generally concern woods and trees and stuff. ‘Underneath the Maple tree' is a glistening delight. The magnificently named Wednesday Knudsen trills in a manner that suggests a cross between Karen Carpenter and Trish Keenan and the guitars when they appear are as sun dappled as you might imagine. It’s as pastoral as you might imagine an album recorded in a house in the woods. They have that vaguely eerie air that seeps through folk rockers all the way from Fairport Convention to Espers to Trembling Bells. It’s a very pleasant album which has the ability to entrance you in it’s gladed world. It doesn’t slap you across the face but slowly tickles and the next thing you know you are living in a sack in the woods surviving on leaves.
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