Barn Owl - Lost in the Glare
Hypnotic, elegantly sparse instrumentals
Their bird name might accidentally attract a few wrongly-footed fans of twee pop, but the San Francisco duo of Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras don’t really have much in the way of choruses or sing-song melodies. Instead, like another bird referencing bunch of Californians, Red Sparowes, Barn Owl deal in rumbling, hypnotic, elegantly sparse instrumentals.
There is a calm to their post-rock squalls, sometimes bringing to mind the minimalism of Sunn o))) or the repetitive, monolithic progressions of Earth. Their previous albums have merged ambient, drone and black metal styles, but Lost in the Glare looks to the desert for inspiration, with echoes of a slow motion Ennio Morricone soundtrack in places, and the rolling, swirling guitars of the Saharan Touraeg people at others. Gently mindblowing.