June 18, 2009

Bombadil: Tarpits and Canyonlands

Naming your band after a Tolkien character is a very sixties thing to do. The members of Bombadil first met in Bolivia and hit it off immediately The band is based in Durham, NC, and is as quirky and whimsical as that evasive fellow who might more powerful than he looks

Their new album Tarpits and Canyonlands is a folk album that gets under your skin. With vocal counter melodies they tell stories about a Sad Birthday, the urge to build a Pyramid for their loved ones and a cool kid Matthew who finds Jesus (no more all night LAN partties or listening to Aphex Twin) and they can sing in a Mariachi meets the Far East style about Kuala Lumpur. Want to dance - try following the cues of Oto The Bear, which sounds a lot like early Genesis.

Bombadil are best described as prog-folk band with some pop drenched melodies thrown in for good measure. Too bad that there will be no live shows in the near future, since one of its members is currently unable to perform:

Daniel has been dealing with severe tendonitis in his hands since 2007. Things have gotten progressively worse and have reached a point where he cannot brush his teeth without feeling pain, much less perform with the rest of the band.

Daniel Michalak, James Phillips, Stuart Robinson, and Bryan Rahija.

Tarpits and Canyonlands is released on Ramseur Records. Release date: July 7th. Pre-order from the band's website.

  1. I Am
  2. Sad Birthday
  3. Honeymoon
  4. Reasons
  5. Cold Runway
  6. Oto the Bear
  7. Prologue
  8. So Many Ways to Die
  9. Marriage
  10. Laurita
  11. Kuala Lumpur
  12. Pyramid
  13. 25 Daniels
  14. Matthew
  15. Kate and Kelsey

» bombadilmusic.com
» myspace.com/bombadil

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