- Claire Sawers
- 10 April 2008
Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Thu 20 Mar
Not to be confused with the vicious bird world nasty they’re named after (who loves a bit of dog eating and deer biting), the Eagleowl live experience is a very gentle thing, like watching clouds dragged at a snail’s pace across the sky at night. Fans of the ‘less is more’ approach, their beautiful, stripped down folk is made up of slow motion bowing on double bass and violin with sleepy, melancholy acoustic guitar stroking, as though the instruments have had a bad day and need consoled.
Thanks partly to support from I Fly Spitfires promoter Chris McAuley, they’re finally flying above the radar. The lo-fi threesome played their first gig in a Stockbridge living room four years ago and now share line-ups with A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Woodpigeon or in this case, The Twilight Sad. Despite a short set, and no appearance from their trademark ukulele, mandolin or xylophone, the room was wrapped in a spine tingling cocoon, helped along by sweet and understated vocals from Clarissa Cheong. Fingers crossed their soothing and cinematic majesty will show up on a full-length album soon.