On paper, a Breathe Owl Breathe concert sounds strange. Songs about jungle animals, dog walking and swimming. Discussions of favorite board games. Crumpling leaves brought from Michigan into the microphone. Group clap-alongs. Reciting facts about bears (with corresponding bear masks). Ok. It sounds really strange.
Yet under the direction of the Michigan trio and their folk-arrangements, the experience is enjoyably magical, simultaneously funny and endearing. The band making the sound of crumpling leaves or the ocean wind. Vocalist/guitarist Micah Middaugh donning a scuba hood and pulling up a knee to mimic a cannonball dive. Breathe Owl Breathe takes aim for those nostalgic enjoyments, especially for those of us who have forgotten the thrill of dragons tales and rope swings at the lake.
Going into the show, I didn’t know what to expect. I certainly didn’t expect this. But leaving Off Broadway that evening, I was certain that this Breathe Owl Breathe show was one of the most enjoyable and memorable concerts I’ve been to this year.
More notes and pictures after the jump:
-How impressive was Andréa Moreno-Beals? Banjo, vocals, cello, drums, and leaf-crumpling. Seriously awesome.
-The band has a Kickstarter project to fund the production of a woodcut print book and record. Check it out here.
-If you’re looking for an album to start with, try out their newest album Magic Central.