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WATCH: eagleowl - not over
Max Evans , April 10th, 2013 07:16

Scottish lo-fi pop outfit release first track from forthcoming LP

As a passing familiarity with their craft might tell you, Edinburgh-based slowcore six-piece eagleowl are in no hurry. In the interests of their less-is-more ethos, they have succeeded admirably, and perhaps that would explain why a band that found its initial incarnation in 2005 is only now releasing a debut full-length: on May 13, this silent year will be unveiled through Fence Records, and we've got a first watch of the video for album cut 'not over' above.

This isn't to say that they're lethargic, oh no: the preceding years have seen them perform a slew of live shows, and outside the band you'll find them lending their talents to other projects - including Fence labelmates Withered Hand, singer-songwriter Benni Hemm Hemm, Woodpigeon or Rob St. John's similarly evocative solo material.

Singer Bartholomew Owl describes 'not over' as: "A message of defiance, but whispered not shouted." Oddly enough, that gives the song greater emotional resonance - sounding decidedly lovelorn with doleful strings and delicate harmonies - but also hinting at a restrained deluge of frustration.

The video is old-fashioned, but hardly nostalgic. Sombre footage is reportedly "edited from various experiments and instructional videos on high speed photography", from flowers blooming in black-and-white to what resembles a mouse being roundly asphyxiated in excruciating slow motion.

You can catch the band live at the following launch shows, culminating in Fence's showcase at the Oran Mor:

Fri 10 - Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh
Sat 11 - The Lit & Phil Society, Newcastle
Sun 12 - The Glad Cafe, Glasgow

Sat 9 - West End Festival, Oran Mor, Glasgow - Fence Records Showcase

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