It is rumoured that Owlsley Burroughs has a vault deep below his rental house filled with thousands of unreleased songs. That's almost true; he has a few hundred tunes stored on a memory stick that lives in his pocket.
So ... here is All Around The Clock Tower, Owlsley Burroughs' eighth release. You can download the entire album for free, but you can pay if you want. The same goes for his entire back catalogue.
While his previous two albums were largely acoustic affairs, with 'Clock Tower' Owlsley covers a richer and more varied soundscape – a synthesis of town and country, chalk and cheese, Page and Plant, leather and lace, Morrissey and Marr, sturm und drang, Melbourne and North London.
From the white boy pop stylings of Some Truths Are Hard To Swallow to the epic meanderings of Find A Little Comfort Here to the squelchy weirdness of St. Kilda Rain, there is something here for every type of earhole.
The first single is The Great Divide, a slow-building mutant folk tune, with guest vocals by Alessandra Borsari. Play it loud and play it often!
Thematically, Owlsley explores many of his usual preoccupations: longing, feeling adrift, birds, his inner demons (Bill and Syd) and grappling (often unsuccessfully) with temptations of all sorts (mainly Tim Tams). Who knows – one day he may reach a blissful state of golden inner peace and have absolutely nothing to say. But that probably won't happen.
To celebrate the auspicious occasion of his album release, Owlsley will treat himself to an extra coffee at his favourite hills café, Earthly Pleasures.
Owlsley Burroughs can be contacted via email or by carrier pigeon.
P.S. For some rare, previously unreleased Owlsley treats, visit soundcloud.com/user-364991211
By Sophie Cardamom.