Wake Owl – “Gold”
Pairs Well With…Of Monsters and Men, Mumford & Sons, The Low Anthem
It was around this time last year that I first heard Of Monsters and Men while listening through SXSW bands and I can remember this moment of knowing I was listening to something bigger in the making. After a few rounds of Wake Owl’s debut EP Wild Country (set for release in the US January 23), I’ve recaptured that same feeling from a band that approaches the folk rock genre in a strikingly similar fashion. Wake Owl pulls from Laurel Canyon Americana and European folk influences equally, creating a new sound that is still overwhelmingly familiar. They put together brilliant little pop songs that bleed emotion, from the yearning anthem “Wild Country” to the acoustic pop chorus of lead single “Gold”. I was pretty floored when I learned that Wake Owl performs as a duo, but the band sent OEB a note letting us know they’ll expand to a four-piece for what is sure to be a buzzing SXSW set if the indie folk audience continues on in 2013.