owl 15


53703 US   Feb 2014


Artist Bio

Influences:   some things currently in heavy rotation: Big Thief, Nana Grizol, Mitski, Television, Robyn Hitchcock, Matthew Sweet, Cate Le Bon

"the perfect is the enemy of the good"

This is my sixth year FAWMing.

Check out some previous FAWM songs (and others) done up proper at my band Gentle Brontosaurus's site here:
@ndavies = keys, pocket trumpet, vox.
me = keys, guitar, vox.

Also check out Vowl Sounds, collabs with @vomvorton, also made possible via FAWM: facebook.com/vowlsoundsmusic

other musics from the past you could also listen to: tldrband.com (surf-tinged indie rock; I sang), www.facebook.com/RedTapeDiaries (math-tinged power pop; I played keys)

pronouns: she/her

Songs (15)

#1 My Favorite Monster / Archaic Torso of Apollo 25
Feb 2019
#2 Chinese New Year 20
Feb 2019
#3 Uptown Funk 13
Feb 2019
#4 Cease to Exist 21
Feb 2019
#5 Cuban Heels 15
Feb 2019
#6 Cold Hands 19
Feb 2019
#7 An Idle Bit of Idol Worship 5
Feb 2019
#8 Walk Steady 18
Feb 2019
#9 Tamam Shud @vomvorton  29
Feb 17
#10 I'm Not Petty, But Ask Me About Shopping At Vance Music + Rewind Music In Bloomington, IN 18
Feb 18
#11 Magic Eye 18
Feb 19
#12 The Heat Death of the Universe 13
Feb 22
#13 Margaret Said (demo updated March 3) 16
Feb 27
#14 Baddie Dreams @zecoop  14
Feb 28
#15 Desiderata (demo updated March 5) 10
Mar 1


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  • @rainchaser  Mar 12

    Thank you for leaving your kind comment on, "What Do I Say"! The hooks in the verses were definitely inspired by The Jam. As for the lyrics, I'd say it was inspired by The Beatles for their constant use of reusing the same lines but with a few words changed here and there.

  • @anonymouse Mar 11

    I brought a guitar back (narrowly fitting on the luggage conveyor belt and possibly jamming it at one point) and I made my way 3/4 into a song. But that was as far as I got πŸ˜€
    I doubt I will get do anything in 5090 but I will probably drop by.

  • @tageule Mar 9

    Thanks for your lovely comment. I'm glad that my "eerie"-tag seems to fit. (I just love the word eerie.)
    And you actually went and looked up a translation for that Rilke-poem. Uh-oh. Stuff like this happens when I try to act casual and humorous around strangers on the internet. I'm sorry?

  • @ayehahmur  Mar 8

    Not sure #aggressiveaccents is necessary within the regular FAWM ethos, but I'm up for it if anyone else is.

    (Great album title though...)

  • @ayehahmur  Mar 8

    It's all in service of the song, innit? πŸ˜‰

  • @quork  Mar 8

    Hey, thank you for reading and commenting on my lonely lyrics (I have a newfound appreciation for lyricists on here). Much appreciated.

  • @ayehahmur  Mar 8

    Heh, sometimes I forget I'm Scottish too. Then I remember. With a vengeance. In "Team Photo" I kinda played the accent up a bit for effect though.

  • @timfatchen  Mar 7

    There will be an animation for "Owls on the roof", @ponygal1961 has sent me the base line drawings now. I will ping you when up. BTW did you like the owl tile graphic? I bought that for my wife about 1974 and it still hangs in our kitchen.

  • @vomvorton  Mar 5

    Ha! I'll have to listen and comment AGAIN! The next songfight title really sounds like a good one for Vowl Sounds! But I haven't had much time or energy post-FAWM yet. Maybe I can come up with something...

  • @ayehahmur  Mar 5

    Cheers @owl ! I think Knock Three Times might be my favourite lyric I've done in years. Glad you caught the oui-ja thing too!
    Now to try and do it justice with a proper recording!

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 26

    Love Juliana Hatfield. We were aiming more for an IVY sound though with these tunes.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 25

    Thanks! I already feel quite a bit better today but it's annoying that I had another weekend taken away from me!

  • @vomvorton  Feb 25

    I'm somewhat limited on time and ideas tbh - the weekend just past was supposed to be my last big push for creating stuff but somehow I got ill again!? And did absolutely nothing. I have Wednesday and Thursday off work to hopefully finish up a few things but that might be leaving it a bit late. If anything does crop up though I'll send it over! Maybe I can sketch something out on my lunchbreak today. And given my illness-RAVAGED* month I will be keen to keep creating into March if you fancy trying something then (Songfight related or otherwise)...

    * my sincere apologies to anyone reading this who has suffered from anything more severe than my blocked sinuses / fatigue

  • @natalieedelson  Feb 25

    Thank you for your kind words and for de-zonging Rain City. Looking forward to listening to your music πŸŽˆπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

  • @fuzzy  Feb 24

    I and Mrs. Fuzzy are headed out to Costa Rica early tomorrow morning!
    Should be good!
    I'm taking my ukulele to play on the beach!

  • @fuzzy  Feb 23

    Hey Owl, FAWM is pretty much over for me as I'm going away on vacation early Monday, so I just wanted to thank you for all of the lovely music you've produced this month!
    Your tunes are always a highlight of my February!
    (If you post any more songs in the next week I'll try my best to listen to them, though)

  • @zecoop  Feb 23

    Hang on... is "out of town" legal during FAWM? πŸ˜‰
    Have a great weekend!!!!! πŸ˜€

  • @zecoop  Feb 23

    Hey- I've got something for you... I'll e-mail (and probably FB message), but I wanted you to know. πŸ˜€

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 23

    Yes I set up the song so you can't listen to it. I don't want you to listen to that song. *I'M* not even allowed to listen to it.

  • @njihe Feb 21

    Happy fawming, dear owl!

  • @shortdan  Feb 19

    Aha, yes that makes more sense now!

  • @looprication  Feb 19

    Hey thanks a million for your comment on Daucina, I just happened to check the MyFAWM page tonight and saw that callum was going to put one of my tracks on a podcast! Pretty cool, again much appreciated!

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 18

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 17

    I can see it has been productive for you. I'll be expecting a zip file of all your fawm tunes sent to me. Don't disappoint me. I'm bad when I get upset (like Michael jackson bad).

  • @cbodovinitz  Feb 2019

    Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
    The "I'm going to give it a try" was supposed to mean something like, "I'm going to try to wake you up." But I like your interpretation better.

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 2019

    Cheers for the listen and comment @owl! Hope you are having a good FAWM. Still on an old OS and can't get on to Bandcamp unfortunately.

  • @teapot Feb 2019

    Thanks for your sweet comment- so encouraging! 'Once' is actually my fave film! πŸ˜€ *thumbs up* to your Fawm name, love it

  • @rwc Feb 2019

    Thanks for your comments on "Temporary".

  • @sailingmagpie  Feb 2019

    I hadn't actually seen any of Russian Doll when I wrote the song(I've watched the first few episodes now. Definitely worth a watch). A friend mentioned it in passing a few days before a it must've stuck in my subconscious. I realised when I saw the trailer pop up on my Netflix!

  • @majordanby  Feb 2019

    Thank you for listening and your kind words.

  • @anonymouse Feb 2019

    I went and checked out Manson's music. What a strange place that puts me in. On its own it's good.

    Just visiting family. I brought a guitar back. Ya never know...

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 2019

    It's a sign of having lived a good life, that people remember the things that made you special, yeah?

  • @popmythology  Feb 2019

    Hi, @owl! Thanks for stopping by! @thelowestbitter did a great job with that song, didn't he? I didn't like my lyrics at first because I didn't know if it could actually work as a song. Now that I've seen that it can, I do like the lyrics now and I like the complete song with the music even more!

  • @tiedyehero Feb 2019

    Thanks so much for your great comment!!!

  • @captainillegible  Feb 2019

    Hi @owl thank you so much for taking the time to listen and comment. Yes, the title is inspired by Talking Heads, but the song itself is not. And the song certainly isn't meant to be a slight on the United States. It's just that a pretty, touristy town in the country is not the place I imagined such a city girl to end up. And I'm sure she won't end her story there.

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 2019

    I'm slightly frightened right now, you may be related somehow.

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 2019

    Hey, good to hear things are going well, even if there's some change involved. Things are just the same with me, pretty much. No dramas.

    And thanks for your comment on Six Strong Women - the clever fingers line was an important one for me because my friend was a dress maker. Nice to remember these things.

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 2019

    This made me think of you;

  • @loveonamixtape  Feb 2019

    Oof, believe me, I know! February always comes and goes 2 Fast 2 Furious. I've been lucky if I've managed a couple listens a day so far, but I always feel such a pressure at the beginning of FAWM to come out of the gates at a decent pace that the listening and substantive commenting really doesn't happen until...well, until I hit 14 or we get to March, tbh. But thanks for taking a pause to listen in the midst of all of this!

  • @sailingmagpie  Feb 2019

    I'm also very far behind with my listening. Too many people on the watch list but I can't remove any of them, as they're all awesome!

    That Big Thief show sounds incredible! I've got tickets to see them in May when they are back over here. I'm hoping that, outside the festival time constraints, they'll play some deeper cuts. Also, they should hopefully have some new material by then!

  • @zecoop  Feb 2019

    I have to get the update tomorrow. She was out for the weekend and didn't let me know on Friday before she left, and then couldn't remember what was there. I think it takes a bit to get from the office to the classroom. I'll let you know.

    Hopefully I'll get something written that would be good to send you. Collabs with you are a highlight. πŸ˜€

  • @zecoop  Feb 2019

    How's your FAWM load? Overloaded? Still might have room for one, if I write one? Let me know... πŸ˜€

  • @billwhite51 Feb 2019

    thank you for listening and for leaving encouraging comments, regarding woody and bobby in the leopard, although woody guthrie was moderately successful in his own time, it was his inspiration that created the myth we know as bobby dylan for which he is primarily known in our time ...as a result, more people have come to woody via bobby than knew him in his time....as with the leopard, who is remembered today for the part he played in dantes poem

  • @fuzzy  Feb 2019

    Ok, here ya go.
    Not exactly fake ethnography, but there's a story behind it nonetheless; I'm not sure if those citizens are aware of the bad times ahead for them.

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 2019

    Heya pal, good to see you back this year. How are things with the band?

  • @circle Feb 2019

    Ha, I'll have to go back and listen to the end of the song now! I live here at the moment, but I'm in the south. I want to go to the north really badly! I'll get round to it soon

  • @unkept  Feb 2019

    I thought the cut off was intentional! A dramatic cliff hanger. πŸ˜€

    Made it to Madison just fine, thanks! Luckily they cleared the interstates fairly well overnight. Was a bit nervous about it!

  • @fuzzy  Feb 2019

    Just listened to your track again; sounds even better with an ending. πŸ˜‰

  • @fuzzy  Feb 2019

    Yep, I've read "Cloud Atlas".
    Good novel for sure.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 2019

    thank you for explaining the chinese ending...revisiting your song to hear the intended. was a rewarding trip. i liked the song even more on the return visit.

  • @dasbinky  Feb 2019

    Yup, hoping I'll see you at the FOP! And eventually at a Gentle Brontosaurus show, I'm chagrined to admit I haven't made it out to one yet.

    In the meantime, keep pumping out awesome tunes, I love the wavelength you're working in!

  • @anonymouse Feb 2019

    lol, I read "I was thinking about you cause my gym has a virtual treadmill program" and was I was thinking you were gonna continue on to say: and I was thinking it'd be really cool if they had virtual mice running around on it.

    Truth be told I wasn't planning to participate in FAWM this year and I thought I had already missed it (for some reason I thought it began at start of Jan) but my virtual fawm-clock was right-on because when I checked to see what you guys had come up with, it turned out FAWM was just about to begin.

    I'm in Oz at the mo for a couple of days, and am considering bringing a guitar back to WGTN with me, so ... maybe.

  • @slawbleu  Feb 2019

    By the way, I meant to compliment you earlier on the "some things currently in heavy rotation" list on your bio -- that is an incredibly fine assortment of music right there! πŸ˜€

  • @kenficara  Feb 2019

    I don't do much post-production, so all the effects are live. Sometimes with mistakes 😁

  • @faceofeinstein  Feb 2019

    Wow, thanks so much for the compliment! I've been listening to a lot of A Tribe Called Quest lately - that and Murs. I need to see that Doc, thanks for the reminder, I'm a huge Wu head.

  • @kenficara  Feb 2019

    (But I will say, I cannot comprehend having only 30 books. I have 30 books by more than a few individual _authors_. 😁

  • @kenficara  Feb 2019

    Hey! Thanks for the comment on "Books" -- the instrumentation is a fingerpicked Moog guitar (which produces lots of sustains and overtones), and a tremolo harmonica (two reeds for every note, like a 12-string guitar). I made a Marie Kondo reference but you're right that she never actually said that about 30 books, and the song was really about what we keep and why.

  • @loveonamixtape  Feb 2019

    :waves: Happy to see you FAWMing again this year! I look forward to listening to your February, as always!

  • @anonymouse Feb 2019

    Ha, I just got the v owl songs thing. Around this time around?

  • @robs  Feb 2019

    I wish you lots of success and mostly have fun!

  • @expendablefriend  Jan 2019

    I'm excited for Owl sounds, I'm excited for Vowl Sounds....I'm just generally rather excited, really. Bring it on!

  • @sailingmagpie  Jan 2019

    Hey Owl, happy Fawning! Loving the inclusion of Big Thief in your influences. I've been obsessed with them for the last few years. Saw them at a festival last summer and they were awesome (though they didn't play Paul!).

  • @nuj4x Jan 2019

  • @guatecoop  Jan 2019

    Hi there! I’m looking forward to hearing and reading your creations this year. I’m always impressed by how you think and compose. I also love how you take risks. I’ll be around and will be listening.

  • @kovbleu  Jan 2019

    Looking forward to hearing your music!!

  • @zecoop  Jan 2019

    So excited to hear new music from you! Definitely hope we can collaborate again...

  • @standup  Jan 2019

    Hey, I’ll be listening. As always, if there’s an opportunity to work on something together, I’d take it!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 2019

    I'm really looking forward to hearing some more of your TRULY AWESOME music!!!