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Premiere: Bombadil – Perfect (Live Session)

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By Alex Gallacher

Watch Bombadil performing Perfect in a live session at the Museum of Life & Science. The song features on their new album Fences which is out now on Ramseur Records. A love song of sorts in which the imagined partners look ahead at what life might be like, from the colour of their house to the name of their first child… “What would be the name of our first kid?/I know you like Emma Jean, but I can’t stand it.”

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 3/3 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 eleven new, original songs composed by the Durham, NC-based trio – Phillips (drums, vox), Daniel Michalak (bass, vox) and Stacy Harden (guitar, vox). Recorded at Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Recording in San Francisco, CA, the album is influenced by early Paul Simon and steeped in shades of Cat Stevens and The Incredible String Band.

“Sometimes you ‘produce’ the hell out of a record because the material needs to be lifted and transformed,” says Vanderslice. “These songs and performances were so strong I mostly just put up a Neumann U67 and stood out of the way.”
Bombadil Tour Dates

MAY 6 SAT – The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC
JUN 2 FRI – Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern, Wilmington, NC TICKETS RSVP
JUN 3 SAT – The Crystal Coast Music Festival, Atlantic Beach, NC
JUN 9 FRI – Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA
JUN 10 SAT – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, Davis, CA
JUN 11 SUN – Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
JUN 13 TUE – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
JUN 15 THU – Fremont Abbey, Seattle, WA
JUN 16 FRI – Edgefield Winery, Troutdale, OR
JUN 17 SAT – Wildwood Hotel, Willamina, OR
JUN 18 SUN – Fort George Brewery, Astoria, OR
JUN 21 WED – Globe Hall, Denver, CO
JUL 28 FRI – The Spinning Jenny, Greer, SC
JUL 29 SAT – Bragg Jam, Macon, GA
AUG 5 SAT – US National Whitewater Center (FREE Show!), Charlotte, NC