Instrumental duo BARN OWL today premier a new track ‘The Long Shadow‘ which is taken from their up & coming new album ‘V‘ released via Thrill Jockey Records on 15th April 2013 in the UK/Europe.
BARN OWL will be back in Europe for a extensive tour this April/May including the UK and the full tour schedule is as follows:
Mon Apr 15th Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang – Ticket link
Tue Apr 16th Dresden, Germany – Beatpol – Ticket link
Wed Apr 17th Vienna, Austria – Arena – Ticket link
Thu Apr 18th Graz, Austria – Forum Stadpark
Fri Apr 19th Padova, Italy – Pulse @ Bastione Alicorno
Sat Apr 20th Rome, Italy – Dal Verme
Sun Apr 21st Milan, Italy – Spazio Concept
Tue Apr 23rd Lyon, France – Sonic
Wed Apr 24th Paris, France – Espace B
Thu Apr 25th Brussels, Belgium – LR6
Fri Apr 26th Bristol, UK – The Cube
Sat Apr 27th Birmingham, UK – St Paul’s Church – Ticket link
Sun Apr 28th Glasgow, UK – The Old Hairdressers – Ticket link
Mon Apr 29th Leeds, UK – Wharf Chambers – Ticket link
Tue Apr 30th Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
Wed May 1st London, UK – The Lexington w/ Koen Holtkamp – Ticket link
Thu May 2nd Amsterdam, The Netherlands – OCCII
Fri May 3rd Osnabrueck, Germany – Haus der Jugend
Sat May 4th Freiburg, Germany – White Rabbit – Ticket link
Sun May 5th Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Exit07
Mon May 6th Fribourg, Czech Republic – Fri-Son
Tue May 7th Esslingen, Germany – Komma
Wed May 8th Berlin, Germany – About Blank – Ticket link
Read on for more info about ‘V‘…
BARN OWL has always specialized in devotional darkness, pushing desert rock into previously unexplored, murky territories. V marks a shift in approach for the duo of Jon Porras and Evan Caminiti. The pair augmented their arsenal of guitars and effects with an array of electronics, vastly expanding the album’s sounds and textures. Special attention was given to implied rhythms nestled within dense slow building environments, giving album a rhythmic presence, albeit one that is buried beneath intricate layers. Theirs is a ghostly rhythm, almost beyond reach.
For years, the duo experimented with the idea of doom dub and in some ways have finally realized that vision. In addition to dub, V is informed by musique concrete, library music, and minimal techno. The opener “Void Redux” begins with a spectral synthesizer coming in and out of focus, tracing a skeletal melodic line that is gradually enveloped by deep bass tones and flecks of static hiss. As the song progresses, the band creates a subtle rhythmic interplay between a drum machine and the decay of a delayed guitar, harkening back to the Black Ark. A significant evolution in the way BARN OWL construct their music is exemplified by the track “The Opulent Decline”. Originally a 30-minute improvisation, the final, 17-minute track was composed though editing and augmentation. Throughout the album the timbres and textures of each piece are constantly mutating, fluctuating with an anxious restlessness. For example, on the track “The Long Shadow,” the guitars chime forebodingly before melting into a blur of organ. Porras explains, “It was our goal to harness the fluidity and unpredictability of improvisation within considered arrangements. Special care was taken to convey the ever-changing flow through each piece, a continually shifting set of colors and textures and atmospheres.” Stasis is not an option.
BARN OWL recorded V with Phil Manley at LCR in their native San Francisco during the cold and foggy summer of 2012. Working with electronics allowed the duo more freedom to create the album layer by layer, designing each sound and each section individually. Porras and Caminiti utilized the huge timbral range of synthesizers to augment the already massive and vitally physical sounds they have achieved with guitars and effects. V is the most complex and diverse album by BARN OWL to date.