The music of Brooklyn quintet Weird Owl brings to mind several influences and touchstones that helped create their psychedelic sound. However, the most prominent characteristic of Ever The Silver Cord Be Loosed , released last week on Tee Pee Records, is that the album feels like a series of mystical quests that stretch across space, time, and subject matter. The challenge faced herein is trying to tie together these rambling journeys into one palatable package.
The music here is a tad gentler than your average modern psychedelic band. Citing Crazy Horse as a reference, there is a subtle country/folk hue to some of the tunes that allows the music to have some American highway grit to go along with the omnipresent interstellar highway grit. There is plenty of guitar to sink your teeth into, but the players tend to avoid the heavy riffing you might expect. The keyboard parts range from pointed rhythm to hazy atmospherics, including some hearty organ playing, and the rhythm section offers a solid underpinning to the spacey leanings elsewhere. Continue reading