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Songs for the New

by Two Dark Birds

Evokes the Catskill Mountains from whence it came and stands in the grand tradition of folk-rock from that area (The Band, Karen Dalton, Dylan, Van, etc.) while doing something new with the form. A little mountain magnum opus.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Closer to Water
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2. Ill Wind
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3. Pie Eyed
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4. Comfort
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5. Lake Algonquin
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6. Ryder Hollow
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7. Song for Clementine
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8. Start All over Again
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9. Black Blessed Night
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10. Ill Wind Again
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11. Song for the New
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Strange and beautiful… best heard with a beer in hand beneath a star-punched sky.” Nylon

“Steve Koester is a folk singer whose darknesses and frailty are worn on his sleeve, the kind of sorcery you get from living a life in old mountains like the Catskills. He’s got a beautiful album out called Songs for the New.” YVYNYL

“Great rock is timeless, whether we discover it today or 50 years from now. . . Songs For The New is great rock.” Dirty Impound

“From barnburner to ballad, the full-grown men in Two Dark Birds execute these tunes with edgy intensity and hard-won grace..” Chronogram

“One of this year’s most subdued and moving releases.”  The Big Takeover

“Like a breath of fresh mountain air.”  My Old Kentucky Blog

“A sweet, outdoor soundtrack that holds strong.” CMJ

“A masterful soundtrack to self-reflection.”  Men’s Vogue

Steve Koester calls Songs for the New, the second album from Two Dark Birds, their “little mountain magnum opus.” But, truth be told, it’s a pretty “big” album, with a wide palette (including horns & strings), a broad scope (from ballads to burners), and big themes (nature, relationships, family). It evokes the Catskill Mountains from whence it came and stands in the grand tradition of folk-rock from that area (The Band, Karen Dalton, Dylan, Van, etc.) while doing something new with the form.

Koester has made a lot of music over the past decade or so, as a solo artist and with the bands Punchdrunk & Maplewood. His songs have garnered loads of stellar reviews, appeared in movies (most notably Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows Your Dead and SherryBaby), TV shows & commercials, and toured the world. But it is now – with this band, and this album in particular – that his musical vision seems to be coming to fruition. “Songs for the New” has been garnering great reviews and the band’s live reputation is growing. The video for “Song for Clementine” (the first single from the album) has received airplay throughout the western hemisphere. An eagerly anticipated follow-up EP, entitled the Black Blessed Night EP, with 5 imaginative re-workings of songs from the LP is due out January 10.

Part folk, part soul, part indie, part Americana, part psychedelic – the Two Dark Birds’ sound holds you in a warm embrace. As a live band, they can move you to dance, or to tears, sometimes within the course of the same song. Nylon Magazine perhaps summed up their music the best: “Strange and beautiful… best with a beer in hand beneath a star-punched sky.”

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