Thus Owls - As Long As We Try A Little (Secret City Records) 
Thus Owls - As Long As We Try A Little

I feel like there are more and more bands coming out who are made up of members from Sweden and Canada, as is the case with duo Thus Owls. The confusing thing is that the only things I can think of that link the countries are an abundance of snow, a good safety record and the Winter Olympics Women's Curling final. Surely you can't build a scene on these coincidences? Well, whatever the reason behind this international collaboration (marriage in the case of Thus Owls) I'm all for it if it keeps producing dramatic, atmospheric and occasionally sparse masterpieces like 'As Long As We Try A Little'. Over nearly five minutes, the duo take us from a Tori Amos-esque piano and vocal landscape of simple beauty to a full on, Kate Bush style wig out with crashing cymbals and feedback from a previously unheard guitar. This is sonic landscaping rather than songwriting and although those landscapes may be bleak they sure are breathtakingly beautiful.

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4th March - Ace Hotel, London
5th March - Paradiso, Amsterdam
8th March - La Loge, Paris
13th March - St David's Bethell Hall, Austin
2nd April - Rockwood Music Hall, New York
5th April - Maison des Arts de Laval, Laval
8th April - Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
9th April - Cabaret La Tulipe, Montreal
11th April - Theatre du Petit Champlain, Quebec

17th April - Les 7 Collines, Tulle