Limited edition 7” sky blue vinyl single (300 copies) includes mp3 download.
Owl & Mouse was born as the solo project of Australian singer-songwriter Hannah Botting. After moving to London in 2008, Hannah taught herself to play the ukulele, and began writing vulnerable yet open-hearted folk-tinged songs. In early 2011, Hannah released her first solo EP on Haircut Records. A short while later, she began to form a more permanent, pop-oriented backing band, and now performs with her sister Jen Botting on backingvocals, Tom Wade on bass, and Emma Winston on keyboards. Owl & Mouse’s first release was a split single on Hangover Lounge Records with the track Canvas Bags. Somewhere To Go is the first full EP from Owl & Mouse. Beautiful harmonies and gentle melodies float throughout the 4 tracks of love and heartbreak.
Vinyl 7" £5.99 FIKA038
Sky blue coloured vinyl 7" on Fika. Edition of 300 copies.
- Coloured vinyl
- Includes download code
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- Somewhere To Go by Owl & Mouse
This is twee but I’m sure affecting if you are in one of those broken hearted type moods. Firstly I have to issue a health warning: all songs contain ukelele so if the sound of that instrument makes you want to shove it up the perpetrators arse then look away now.
The funny thing is that I was going to compare it to a folky slo-fi ‘Allo Darlin even before I noticed that the singer is Australian (as with the ‘Allo Darlin lass) AND the guy who did the sleeve is in 'Allo Darlin. Spooky eh? Anyway there are four tracks here and like ‘Allo Darlin, initial reaction is one of violence but the songs start to win me over once my guard gets let down. Opener ‘Don & Anna’ is a simple strumalong with breathy weepy female vocals, the type of folky singalong syndrome Noah and the Whale started with ‘5 Years Time’ i.e the type of song made for mums and dads to wave their toddler about to in the acoustic tent of a family friendly festival.
‘Western Skies’ has a man singing, I’m not feeling much til the chorus arrives then I start kinda liking it, the man & lady vocals blend like cheese and tomato. There’s more of the same on the B side and if you like the sound they make, you are going to love the EP as all the songs, are identical in their arrangements. A sense of sameyness is averted though by reasonably confident songwriting. It has a certain type of winsomeness that either make you swoon and fall in love with it or reach for the nearest vomit bucket.
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