Barn Owl - Shadowland EP
Having released one of 2010’s finest and most exciting drone-rock records in the shape of Ancestral Star, Barn Owl have seen fit to grace the world with a short collection of new tracks on the Shadowland EP. Concentrating more on the electronic and ambient side of their sound, Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras have made three much darker pieces of music. ‘Void And Devotion’ begins with a simple downbeat, looping melody before synthesizer drones rise up out of the background and engulf the track in a flood of heavy atmospherics, while the title track explores the same clean, simple and hypnotic guitars that made the album so brilliant. Closing ten-minute track ‘Infinite Reach’ moves back to the serene and beautiful electronics that the EP began with, with layers of feedback drenched in ethereal sound. Comes on a lovely slice of limited edition wax too.