Bombadil / Gentle Temper
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Two years ago, Bombadil lost a longtime bandmate and breaking up seemed inevitable. But after a period of exploration that forced them to step out of their comfort zone, Bombadil has returned as a band reborn. Their new album, Fences, out March 3 via Ramseur Records and produced by John Vanderslice (Spoon, The Mountain Goats), is their most remarkable work to date: meticulously crafted, yet accessible and unadorned. Pure, simple, beautiful.
“It’s more than just an album,” says Bombadil drummer and vocalist James Phillips. “It is a new path, a reset after several challenging years.”
Fences features 11 new, original songs composed by the Durham, North Carolina-based trio, comprising Phillips (drums, vocals), Daniel Michalak (bass, vocals), and Stacey Harden (guitar, vocals). Recorded at Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Recording in San Francisco, California, the album is influenced by early Paul Simon and steeped in shades of Cat Stevens and the Incredible String Band.
Bombadil has made fans at NPR, Rolling Stone and the New York Times, who called them "astonishing." They've toured extensively in the past with Dr. Dog, Kishi Bashi, and Carolina Chocolate Drops and will hit the road again in 2017 in support of the new album.
Gentle Temper is a crooked porch-folk duo made up of Marion Earley and Ryan "RyMy" Meier, hailing from the bayous of Allston, Massachusetts. Marion and RyMy met while attending Berklee and began writing and playing together in their fourth year. Their sound swims down the quiet parts of the Snake River driven by influences of early Kings of Leon, Coldplay, and Shakey Graves.
GT made their stage debut at local venue Great Scott in August 2016, and returned in February to share the stage with LOLO. The pair is excited to be heading to Red Bull Studios in New York in mid-April to begin recording for their first official release.