Owl are a special band.
A side project of the superb Valborg, sharing some of the same tones and approaches, but a softer, more woozy approach.
‘Into The Absolute’ was special.
Their numerous EPs from across the last five years have been gems, and their debut album from 2011 remains a tiny sensation.
This latest has been some time coming, but is equally as essential.
They have moved on though from that crunching, intensely packed sound they had before.
Now, think Nadja, Bloody Banda, Valborg of course and a touch of David Galas/Lycia in a languid yet cutting haze of somnolent doom.
If you’ve never heard of them before, they may appeal to the Type O fan in all of us with that fizz on the guitar and terse Germanic vocal.
There aren’t especial highlights on this latest album because it’s all a highlight: ushered in from the slow, Third & The Mortal strains of ‘We Are Made For Twilight’ – which harks to almost exacty the way the Norwegians ‘Painting On Glass’ allowed us into their dreamworld – it moves slowly, deliberately through its six beautiful tracks.
‘Anamnesis’ is probably the heaviest, with an almost Godflesh pump.
But as I mention, it is best – indeed only – savoured in one go.
A wonderful, essential curio. Get it now.
4.6/5 – Earl Grey ::: 28/09/18