I may be a little late on this one but before we point fingers there are two things to observe. Article 1: I started writing this piece just before embarking on a Euro trip that would last nearly 2 months, and thus did not have time to complete it before my departure (Oops). Article 2: This Album may already be 4 months old, but I still listen to it weekly (it’s pretty kick ass).
Let’s dive into The Private World of Paradise, the debut full-length album of Canadian folk pop band Wake Owl. All the way from beautiful British Columbia, lead singer/songwriter Colyn Cameron joined folk forces with Aiden Briscall to turn his solo song writing into the band that is now Wake Owl. The first time I heard their music was a couple of years ago when I heard the song “Wild Country”, I immediately fell in love with their sound, lyrics and overall vibe. When I heard that they would soon be releasing a full length album, I was absolutely thrilled. When the day finally arrived, I listened to the whole album in one sitting. To my surprise, I found that this new album boasted quite a different sound, but I also found that I really liked it, maybe even more so.
Despite holding on to the “folky” sound at their core, The Private World of Paradise moves towards a more dream pop sound, utilizing more synth and rhythm then their previous work. With this new album, everything is just a little slower. A little more mellow with lots of repetition, I find it to be very relaxed and laid back. This can be heard in songs such as “Kid” and “Desert Flowers”. On top of all that, the consistency of their sound heard throughout the album is nice and especially refreshing these days. For songs that stand out from the pack: Enter “Candy”, a funky song with polished guitar rifts and an array of sounds that blend together smoothly to the pleasure of your ears.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Private World of Paradise. Paired with an air of honesty and self-reflection, the lyrics appear to be well thought out and insightful. The sounds are organic; nothing seems to be too forced, and everything flows together naturally. The whole album could very well be one very, very long song, as the sound of each song is very consistent. Perhaps you think this is a good thing, perhaps not. Give it a listen friends, and decide for yourselves! Oh, and if you can’t make up your mind, you can always catch these guys at Osheaga in Montreal to do some further recon.