"In Our Talons," Bowerbirds – This is an amazing, small epic of a song that puts together a chirping, first-contact-gone-wrong narrative for me, but might do something completely different for you. It’s breathtakingly lovely at times. And there’s accordion. "Oh my cousins, you’re not alone…" It makes things feel bright and vital and precarious. (Via the ever-brilliant Said the Gramophone, where Sean as usual writes oh so well about it.) This may just be my new favorite North Carolina band (okay, at least among my favorite N.C. bands).