Spotlight on Breathe Owl Breathe

With five albums to their name, it’s a wonder that Breathe Owl Breathe is still flying under the radar. Last year’s Magic Central was one of my favorites. The story behind it would make any publicist (or music writer) pleased. The record came out of a log cabin, deep in rural Michigan, affectionately nicknamed “Magic Central.” On the heals of Bon Iver’s similarly touching story of making music in a backwoods Vermont cabin, it’s almost too much.

Here’s a taste of their music.
“Own Stunts,” live from Highline Ballroom:

Breathe Owl Breathe (photo John Hanson)

But if you, like me enjoy a good dose of twee from time to time, look no further. Having seen the trio perform last Saturday (full write-up here), I can assure you – the cuteness is authentic. Breathe Owl Breathe has an uncanny ability to melt the crowd – even when they are far from home, opening for a bunch of Yann Tiersen fans. But what I love about the group is that they somehow manage to appeal to both the kid in you and its mature counterpart.

Take the song “Dragon.” On the surface, it’s an innocuous little song about a dragon’s unlikely romantic relationship with a princess. Lurking beneath the surface, however, lies a more profound question, which Andréa Moreno-Beals interrupts the narrative to ask.

Take a listen for yourself (and note the sheer delight of the crowd).



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"He considered music a liberating force: it liberated him from loneliness, introversion, the dust of the library; it opened the door of his body and allowed his soul to step out into the world to make friends."

- Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being


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