“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.
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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