Owls Are Not – 2

Owls Are Not - Black Noise (Single edit) - EP avaible in World on numerical platform - www.atypeekmusic.com Owls Are Not - Black Noise (Single edit) from forthcoming album "2". The style of the band may be defined as a drum'n'bass arranged for punk/hardcore setting, which is extremely rare and aggressive mixture. www.atypeekmusic.com

Owls Are Not – 2

Listening to the five tracks on 2, the second release from the Warsaw, Poland based Owls Are Not, I had a definite sensation of déjà vu. The frantic synth squalls, the virulent drumming, the random vocal and other samples and the actual tunes, all of it sounded distantly familiar, the various elements that make up the Owls Are Not sound each somewhere identifiable. “Idiomatic, abstract and furious” says the press release and those three words say much that is accurate about the chaotic and unpredictable although musically structured tracks that appear on 2. Other musicians may have attempted to combine prog-metal, dubstep, electronica and garage-punk with varying results but albums (actually 2 is an EP) that consistently make genre-leaping connections such as Owls Are Not are doing aren’t very usual. Reminding me of Tarwater, Can, The Prodigy, Emerson Lake and Palmer and several really good support bands I saw at various gigs and whose names are now forgotten, Owls Are Not are a band whose music could actually be described as groundbreaking.

Also describing themselves as influenced by African music (Fela Kuti) and modernist composers (including Steve Reich), Owls Are Not seem to have made an important link between the electronic and metal worlds. First track “3” begins with a squabbly noise sequence, then opens up into a breakneck prog-influenced and rhythmically-dissonant experiment in synth and drum interplay, taking several turns in its musical structures. The second – and title – track is only marginally more restrained and the echoing percussion that overlays the bass and drum rhythm provides an added impetus as other sonic layers are added (a vocal sample and other less identifiable sounds) before Owls Are Not bring the piece to a shattering conclusion. Third track “6” breaks into a freeform speed-jazz improvisation just as quickly as it slides off into something that resembles an ambient soundscape, and then into a mixture of all of these elements, taken at a relentless pace that is the one constant feature of the Owls Are Not’s music.

The EP also contains two versions of a track called “Black Noise” (one full-length and the other a single edit) which do have more than superficial differences. What really works about 2 though, is that the EP is in fact one complete work of composition and the overall effect of listening to the actual second release from Owls Are Not in its entirety is something like a twenty-five minute continuous and unremitting collision between powerhouse drumming, blistering electronics and rhythmic invention.