Within Yr Reach EP

by The Snowy Owls

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about

“Short distance is not in itself nearness. Nor is great distance remoteness.” — Heidegger

Taking cues from The Cure’s Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me and The Replacements’ Let It Be along with a few nods to My Blood Valentine, it helps to set the bar for their musical peers in terms of their unique prowess. With Bergendahl at the helm as engineer as well as bassist, the band has begun work on their first official release. Within Yr Reach is an attempt at helping to create a frame of mind for what defines The Snowy Owls. “Pilcrow” opens the release with a wave of patient dissonance. It’s nods to slowcore assist in showcasing their penchant for the genre and how it sets the stage for what arrives after. A tremendous charge of sound takes over as soon as the title track starts. A solid foundation of noodled guitars that would feel right at home on any Sonic Youth release with a strong lyrical influence from the quirky likes of Yo La Tengo. Acting as a counterpart to the title track, “So Near” and “Josef & Anni” continue with the trend of everlasting desire for the ones we want to be that much closer. The thought is genuine and it reiterates the idea behind this release. For however close we may find ourselves near the ones we want, they can still feel so far away. This is clear with Klimas’ steady wordplay and the utilization of space as well as intensity through Within Yr Reach. They are The Snowy Owls and Within Yr Reach is the best design to showcase this sentiment.

credits

released 13 November 2012

The Snowy Owls are: Matt Klimas, Allen Bergendahl, Brandon Martin, James Wingo. Written and produced by The Snowy Owls. Recorded by Allen Bergendahl September 2012 at The Yacht. Mixed by Allen Bergendahl. Mastered by Josh Quarles.

Thanks to everyone who made this record possible through your support, inspiration, and love. Cheers RVA!

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Track Name: Pilcrow
Instrumental
Track Name: Within Yr Reach
it only takes a moment
for it all to change
you can tell
here comes the spell
when love
is within your reach

blue eyes are tender claws
and there’s no running away
the world’s dissolving, collapsing on itself
don’t give up
this time

do you believe what you see
or do our hearts deceive
stolen glances and chances on the shelf
it’s different
this time

it could be so simple
don’t become destroyed by doubt
you can tell
the familiar the spell
when love
is within your reach
Track Name: Fortunate Isles
hey, we gotta to break this fog
it’s been going on for far too long
i’ve been looking at your eyes

you could come with me we could climb the trees
and we’ll disappear behind the leaves
we can go down by the shore
forget this mess and plot a course

tell me there’s a place
across the sea of our mistakes
where i’m in your arms
and we can spend our days

let your hidden sails unfurl
so i can come stand beside you, girl
i know it’s been on your mind

you could go with me we could climb the trees
and we’ll disappear behind the leaves
we can go down by the shore
forget this mess and plot a course

we will find the place
across the sea of our mistakes
where you’re in my arms
and we can spend our days
Track Name: Josef & Anni
we can’t escape the after-image always stays
we learned that night we’re made of reflected light

mixing now the pattern shifts
we make out a bezold effect
as new boundaries connect

with the color of interaction now at play
intervals transform our hearts’ array

mixing now the pattern shifts
we make out a bezold effect
as new boundaries connect

we make a tetrachord, what are we waiting for
we’ll find the figure-ground harmony
and whether it is warm, or whether it is cool
i’ll be the color ever next to you
Track Name: So Near
concrete eyes and a sidewalk smile
missing chapters
there’s a door at street’s end
we must be somewhere else

we navigate the tension sea
winter’s night traveling
and i could be your reader
this mess could be ours

caught in a scene that we thought we’d never see
we trace the threads, they find us in the end

we place the threads, they bind us in the end

concrete eyes and a sidewalk smile
the mistakes were right
Track Name: Cloud
will you keep it
locked up in the clouds
will you free it
wish i could help you out

it’s a puzzle
i know we could figure out

above the ground

if you feel it
don’t you knock it down
don’t misplace it
floating in that cloud

above the ground

something to show
something to hold
don’t let it go
it’s got to breathe
what can you see
what do you feel

you’re up so high
i can’t reach
will you come down
when we know
we could be good
inside this cloud
Track Name: Span
Instrumental
Track Name: Falling
i swear i didn’t build these shrines
in the corners of my mind
yet they stand, calling me to find
the arms that left me here to pine

in the sea of sleep
is where the siren comes to me
but her songs always fade away
i’m left with lungs full of waves

i want to keep dreaming
but i can’t keep on sleeping
so i wake myself falling, for you
wake myself falling

but i can’t keep on sleeping
so i wake myself falling, for you
wake myself falling