November in Michigan could be morose, with bare trees and that foreboding hint of winter in the air. But it is also a time for woolen blankets, warm beverages, and the soft glow of fireplaces. Breathe Owl Breathe, a folk band hailing from Michigan who personifies the most endearing aspects of the season, will performing a two-part show at the DAAC this weekend.
Breathe Owl Breathe is comprised of Micah Middaugh (vocals, guitar, banjo), Andrea Moreno-Beals (vocals, cello, banjo) and most of the time Trevor Hobbs (percussion, drums). The group's eclectic origins immediately suggest a whimsical vibe; Middaugh studied printmaking, Moreno-Beals is a native of Columbia, and Hobbs is a cartographer. Middaugh's vocals (Bill Callahan lite) create a charming Americana texture, while Moreno-Beals' gentle accompianment and Hobbs' musicality maintain the contemporary folk aesthetic. The lyrics are playful, and the melodies are memorable.
Known for wearing scuba mask and integrating children's toys during shows, the group evokes childhood images of rural log cabins, hot cider at the orchard, and hay rides. Their song "Birdz," available for listening on their Daytrotter Session, is an example of their organic ability to encapsulate Michigander nostalgia.
Speaking of cabins, their newest album Magic Central is named after the cabin where the trio lives and creates. The entire album is still available for listening at mbvmusic.com, although it sounds like you could have unearthed it from that musty box in your attic. It will be available for purchase at this weekend's show (allegedly, it is a lovely shade of pink).
Breathe Owl Breathe will be at the DAAC on Saturday, November 13th. The first part of the show runs from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, and they will be joined by Jes Kramer, whose own delicate songs are November perfect. Breathe Owl Breathe takes the stage again with Elephant Micah 10:00pm - 12:00 am. The show is $10, certainly a package deal. Don that comfy fall sweater and head downtown for what is sure to be an amicable and impressionable performance.