We like to keep things interactive here at Alphabet Bands and, as we mentioned when interviewed by Breaking More Waves, we’ll happily take recommendations. Which is why, when the lovely people at Outline Magazine got in touch over Twitter and asked us to check out Thus Owls, we were straight on it.
Hailing from Montreal and Stockholm, the husband and wife duo of Erika and Simon Angell have just released the stirring “As Long As We Try A Little”. Putting aside the fact that it is completely at odds with the philosophy of Yoda (a minor quibble for geeks around the world) it is a gorgeous tune, a rose whose petals fall off at the slightest touch to leave only thorns behind. Play it, you’ll hear what we mean.
Simple, elegant piano lines open the track like a monochrome lullaby of heartache, harmonies rest like those fallen petals on the barren ground of melody, before it concludes, Opus-like in a crash of discordant cymbals, beats, vocals and pain. Yearning and need falling out of the track like desperate tears.
After such a languid and soothing opening, the ending is quite jarring, evocative and rousing, which is exactly what we need to keep us going on this journey of ours today.
”As Long As We Try A Little” is taken from Thus Owls album, ‘Turning Rocks’, which is out on 7 April 7 via Secret City Records. They are also due to reveal some UK tour dates soon as well.
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