Summer-evenings-in-California style electro-psychedelia is the sonic territory that Weird Owl like to work, and Interstellar Skeletal works it well. I think the album name and the album sleeve give you a good feel: colourful, space-themed, and fun. CD or ‘milky clear’ vinyl on ‘a’ Recordings.
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- Interstellar Skeletal by Weird Owl
7/10 Robin Staff review, 21 May 2015
Chillest of the chillers, Weird Owl sparkle psychedelic synths like a fog over lazily strummed chords of the chillwave kingdom, creating a record that sounds bold but irresistibly relaxed. If you’re wondering if there’s anything else to talk about, there’s not, since most of the drumbeats sound as dynamic as the ones by whoever Best Coast hasn’t fired at the moment.
Let’s try anyway, though. ‘Interstellar Skeletal’ actually sounds like something of an indie rock pastiche, marrying new trends to dying ones: the way these lazer-beam electronics cast dominion over the record recalls how Beach House would tether an epic sound to a largely laid-back songwriting sensibility, while the guitars on many of these tracks sound stuck between the War on Drugs and London Grammar -- they’re belted out but their tone is super sepia tone. The band’s combination of an almost kraut space opera vibe with a washed out, Washed Out atmosphere feels both instantly familiar and totally peculiar: you don’t expect them to burst out a climax on “God”, but the song screeches into life, rapturing the song into shoegaze heaven.
It’s nice to hear a band toying with certain boundaries, and that’s all you can really do with these genres now -- there’s not much wiggle room to turn psych rock or chillwave into something wholly new, so playing a couple of interesting games is your best bet. Also, they don’t sound like Weird Al or a Christopher Nolan movie, so props for that.
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