Turning Rocks (LP)


Thus Owls

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Amoeba Review

04/07/2014

Swedish-Canadian husband and wife bandleaders return with album three of lush semi-baroque Americana, imbued with an exquisite romantic darkness that occasionally recalls auteurs like PJ Harvey or Neko Case. Singer Erika Angell is inevitably the real star of the show with a purpose and control to her voice potentially unrivaled by her contemporary peers. Her ability to multitrack harmonies with herself recall practitioners like Roy Wood who used the studio as a tool to both capture and amplify the qualities latent in the music and its performers. The instrumentation is precise, careful, and overarchingly gentle with a handful of upbeat moments performed as semi-tribal nu-primitive anthems or jangling country rock shuffles that flirt with menace without stepping over the edge into full blown anger. The range of emotions contained feels mostly theatrical, a performance of stories told by Erika's grandmother in Sweden. As a result, the stop before anger feels reasonable and no less thrilling as we watch actors shout in wonderful fury at each other across a stage, terrified they might make eye contact with us in the audience as they burst into quite possibly real tears.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
As Long As We Try A Little
Thus Owls 04:48
2.
How, In My Bones
Thus Owls 04:46
3.
Bloody War
Thus Owls 02:29
4.
A Windful Of Screams
Thus Owls 04:56
5.
Ropes
Thus Owls 04:12


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Turning Rocks
Thus Owls 04:37
2.
Smoke Like Birds
Thus Owls 06:23
3.
White Flags Down
Thus Owls 04:53
4.
Could I But Dream That Dream
Thus Owls 03:17
5.
Thief
Thus Owls 05:01

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