The Listeners/These Train Tracks

The Listeners/These Train Tracks

Ben Partridge
Nov 23, 2011

Looking for a unique and handcrafted gift for the young book lover? This double title, woodcut illustrated hardcover with a 7-inch vinyl in the middle, by Michigan indie-folk band Breathe Owl Breathe, has all the makings of a timeless storybook to be truly treasured.

Each cover, page, and woodcut illustration was designed and hand carved by Breathe Owl Breathe's Micah Middaugh over the course of nearly three years. One side of the book is for the waking hours - the story of a friendship that develops between a mole and an ostrich that decide to start an underground band. The other half of the book is a tale for falling asleep to - a story of metamorphosis. A train transforms into a caterpillar, then into a plane, then into a constellation, and eventually into the buttons on a pair of pajamas. In the middle of the book is a 7-inch vinyl with each tale put to music.

The simple story lines, canvas cover, and beautifully crafted artwork have a classic appeal, and the extra dimension of dreamy vocals and musical accompaniment make it especially transporting.

Give a listen to both delightful tracks via Bandcamp, as well as preview the pages of The Listener and These Train Tracks as part of a Flickr set. But be warned: it will only make you lust after a physical copy of your own.

The Listener/These Train Tracks is to set for release December 6th in a limited production of only 750 copies. While they last, pre-orders are being taken at the link below.

The Listeners/These Train Tracks, $28.50

(Images: Breathe Owl Breathe)

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