Released a few hours ago was the fourteen track LP All Day And Night by the US merseybeat outfit The Blind Owls.
Prior to hitting play on the album – stand up and clear space.
Grabbing hold of ideas by others The Blind Owls are able to put a refreshing spin to the sound as evidenced by the opener title track All Day And Night.
Next is the scuffed guitar of Good Time and the listener is well able to believe that having a good time will be the case though the release.
The sparkling Sweet Baby trips its way in the room next to the accompaniment of a honky-tonk piano which will have you shrieking with the bridge.
Nobody Else continues the thread of infectious dance-ability in fluttering guitar strings which part way through the track change from majors to minors giving the track a double shuffle.
The fifth track – Home continues the thematic of an LP getting better as it evolves and the dampened acoustic guitar allows the audience to catch breath whilst an unanticipated harmonica joins in the moment.
Introducing that flat harmonics which lay at the heart of their music The Blind Owls reveal Better.
My pick of the release is the atypical Out Of My Mind which with an hypnotic off-beat and meandering pace affords The Blind Owls the opportunity to demonstrate they are more far more than straightforward.
Opening the second half of All Day And Night is the bustling percussion of Fever that bounces around the room like a horse happily trotting in a field.
Good To Me – well as it says on the tin – the LP has been good to me and will be to the new listener too as a skiffle-beats challenges the feet to keep in time.
The Cockney Rebel reminding Searching For creates splinters in the floorboards as the listeners heel and toe dig for purchase.
If They Say is not – to my ears – particularly well suited to the LP – but out of fourteen options – one has to be the least favoured.
Back on firmer footing The Way bounces off the skirting boards like a bagatelle ball on rubber bands.
With some sadness I notice Mystery Man is the penultimate track in an album full of gems and recognising this The Blind Owls demand more of the accompanying dancers who are still valiantly in step.
The closer – Doctor, which takes the audience to avenues anew and the band all come to gather to finish All Day And Night with a flourish which, appropriately for the final track is the one that covers the purchase price of the full album on its own and finds the listener intrigued of future directions of travel.
All Day And Night is available to purchase on bandcamp.
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