Sunday, 9 November 2008

Officer Owl

Perfect cure for a moody disposition. Calm beats float around a lull of guitar and harmonious vocals. Officer Owl have a tinge of acoustic genius about them but more than that there is a simplicity which is instantly appealing. Not relying on the raucous effects of feedback or unruly synth which some bands tend to rely on here the softer nuances overtake and carry all the songs on a soft cloud of melody.
There is a tinge of melancholy about "Untitled Number Two" which takes the refrain of "Never going to leave you alone" and carries it with the duel vocals blending together effortlessly.
Effortless music is always the best. As the various notes hit the air with a confidence unhampered by arrogance or distortion. "Untitled Number Seven" allows the guitar to take on a harder(ish) lead and vocals which sound a little bit like Ian Brown if he sang sweetly and didn't have a penchant for knocking people out. Lyrics like "Someone said the witch was dead but she's floating on the water" instantly stand out with the simple brilliance of imagery as the repetition of the verse becomes like a softly hummed chant, never lifting into an angry anthem but meandering in and out of the music with a persistence.
Unfortunately the extent of what I've heard from Officer Owl stems from Myspace which in turn only offers two songs. But beautiful songs they are with a sound which bodes well for future songs.
Jade X
Untitled Number Two- Officer Owl

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