5 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Weird Owl’s 2007 debut Nuclear Psychology, makes good on the first half of the Brooklyn quintet’s moniker. The lengthy droning “Like 100,000 Sunsets” kicks out the weird so authentically (especially that old warbling organ), it could be easily mistaken for late-‘60s psychedelic space-rock. Similarly, “Thy Space Grows Long” is so hypnotic in its continuous pulses and undulations of guitar feedback and unchanging organ notes; it’s possible the band may have been musing on a mantra. “White Hidden Fire” opens with the rootsy guitar tones of an old Neil Young & Crazy Horse recording before reverb-drenched singer Trevor Tyrrell comes in singing and the song softly explodes into a sludgy storm of feral feedback. Just when you think the tune is about to end, it unfolds into continuous layers of complex arrangements and tension built in an antagonistic call-and-response between the guitar and drum kit. Amazing how a little tremolo and tambourine can make everything sound so ‘60s — “Tickle the Invisible” sounds wonderfully inspired by early Pink Floyd, though the cover art mocks 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Weird Owl’s 2007 debut Nuclear Psychology, makes good on the first half of the Brooklyn quintet’s moniker. The lengthy droning “Like 100,000 Sunsets” kicks out the weird so authentically (especially that old warbling organ), it could be easily mistaken for late-‘60s psychedelic space-rock. Similarly, “Thy Space Grows Long” is so hypnotic in its continuous pulses and undulations of guitar feedback and unchanging organ notes; it’s possible the band may have been musing on a mantra. “White Hidden Fire” opens with the rootsy guitar tones of an old Neil Young & Crazy Horse recording before reverb-drenched singer Trevor Tyrrell comes in singing and the song softly explodes into a sludgy storm of feral feedback. Just when you think the tune is about to end, it unfolds into continuous layers of complex arrangements and tension built in an antagonistic call-and-response between the guitar and drum kit. Amazing how a little tremolo and tambourine can make everything sound so ‘60s — “Tickle the Invisible” sounds wonderfully inspired by early Pink Floyd, though the cover art mocks 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon.

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About Weird Owl

Formed in 2004, Brooklyn's Weird Owl have a sound that falls somewhere between the overblown excursions of fellow Brooklynites Oneida and the spacy, exploratory riffing of Black Mountain. The band has carved out a sound of its own, combining the influence of psych rock pioneers 13th Floor Elevators and the introspective vocal style of Neil Young. The result is a sound that layers warm fuzz and laconic, swirling synthesizers to create neo-psych that manages to feel experimental while harking back to a time when album-oriented rock was king and monolithic riffs roamed the Earth. In February of 2009 Weird Owl released Ever the Silver Cord Be Loosed on TeePee Records. Two years later the band returned with Build Your Beast a Fire, a slow-burning set recorded with Dinosaur Jr. producer Justin Pizzoferrato. For 2013's mini album Healing, Weird Owl adopted a lighter, more spacious approach, as well as a new label (A Recordings, the imprint of Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe). Continuing with their gentler psych approach, they returned in 2015 with the full-length Interstellar Skeletal. ~ Gregory Heaney

ORIGIN
Brooklyn, NY
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
2004

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