Thus Owls are a transatlantic band comprised of husband and wife duo Erika and Simon Angell. Their new record is both a scrapbook of memories and oral transmissions from an island in Sweden, and a sonic experiment in tone and colour recorded in Montreal.
Though Thus Owls sound is rooted very much in Erika’s vocal style and Simon’s guitar tone, the new record also emphasizes a wider sonic palate. “We realized a lot of the things that was catching both our ears were those old vintage 60s organs,” Simon explains, when discussing their musical inspiration. “So we started buying a bunch of them: a Farfisa, a Wurlitzer,” he goes on, noting that their new keyboard player, Parker Shper, shared their enthusiasm for the older gear. “It was a nice fit,” he says, and it comes through on the recordings. In addition to Parker, Montreal drummer Stefan Schneider was added as a permanent fixture in the group, and he along with Swedish bass player Martin Höper round out the core band on the recordings. Notable guests on the record include Timber Timbre’s Taylor Kirk (who sings on closer, “Thief”), Pietro Amato, and Marie-Pierre Arthur.
MASTER: Rock Steady o/b/o Secret City Records
PUBLISHING: Secret City Publishing
01. “As Long As We Try A Little”
02. “How, In My Bones”
03. “Bloody War”
04. “A Windful of Screams”
06. “Turning Rocks”
07. “Smoke Like Birds”
08. “White Flags Down”
09. “Could I But Dream That Dream Once More”