Take Eagleowl, the slow-core chamber quartet – guitarist and vocalist Bart Owl alone is a Zelig-like figure, both in his guise as promoter under The Gentle Invasion banner, as well as popping up all over the place playing with other like-minded souls.
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The main event, though, is to launch the Mayday release of Eagleowl’s new Into The Fold EP. Opening with the title track, a languid campfire swoon on which Bart and double bassist Clarissa Cheong trade melodic whispers over Malcolm Benzie’s scraped violin and Rob St John’s harmonium drone, it’s a typically shy tone-setter. What follows is a beguiling display of shimmeringly textured melancholy.
With a partisan audience in tow, the band’s nervy banter is at odds with the seriousness of last year’s gorgeous single, Sleep The Winter. The jaunty glockenspiel and mandolin-led merseybeat waltz of Morpheus gives way to the finale of No Conjunction, on which the core ensemble are joined onstage by six friends who become a speakeasy choir on an already epic slow-burning hymnal. Let’s hear it for quiet music.
Star rating: ****