Photo: Hal Horowitz
Brooklyn psych band Weird Owl has announced a new album, Bubblegum Brainwaves,
due out October 13th. The band’s sixth release in a decade, it’s an album about cognitive dissonance, darkness, and uncertainty, condensed into consumable song formats and structures. Touching on themes of war, dystopias, and crumbling reality structures, it’s highly informed by the current political climate and finds the band continuing to push themselves into new realms.
Lead single “You (Sometimes Not You)” has an otherworldly quality, pairing bright synths with catchy but unexpected vocal melodies. You can stream the track where it premiered with BrooklynVegan or via Soundcloud.
Since forming in 2004, Weird Owl has kept busy putting out a steady stream of new music and touring the US and UK. After self-releasing their first few albums, 2009’s Ever the Silver Cord Be Loosed and 2011’s Build Your Beast a Fire (recorded by Justin Pizzoferrato and Bishop Allen’s Justin Rice) were released by Tee Pee Records. Later demos caught the attention of The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe, who released the band’s 2013 EP, Healing, and 2015’s Interstellar Skeletal on his own A Recordings, Ltd.
Live, Weird Owl has supported BJM on tour in both the US and Europe and performed at various festivals, including the Black Angels-curated Austin Psych Fest, The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, and The Netherlands’ Incubate Festival.
Bubblegum Brainwaves was recorded and produced by Psychic TV guitarist Jeffrey Berner and features a guest appearance by the legendary Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. It’s currently available for pre-order digitally and on CD & limited-edition pink vinyl.
Bubblegum Brainwaves Track Listing:
1. Invisibility Cloak
2. You (Sometimes Not You)
3. Black Never White
4. Such A Myth
5. The Lizard & The Owl
7. Bartholomew Iris (ft. Genesis Breyer P’Orridge)
8. Many Things I Saw in the Coffin
9. Tired Old Sun