Boomkat Product Review:
'Lost In The Glare' is Barn Owl's 2nd album for Thrill Jockey, following a superb 12" earlier this year. Most notably they've added drummer Jacob Felix Heule to the line-up to anchor their majestic sound with a solemnly slow, purposeful pacing closer to the like-minded Om or Earth on a handful of tracks. Their compositions also feel more concise, still evocative of sprawling landscapes and ranging topographies, but with a more nuanced sense of narrative structure. They start with the molasses slow spread of oozing distortion and astral synth sighs on 'Pale Star', before Felix Heule's slowly metronomic percussion keeps 'Turiya' slowly chugging into the barren but starry guitarscape and their breathtaking 'The Darkest Night Since 1683' enters a ravine of sheer granite distortion and worthy of Dylan Carlson's spurs, and out to Morricone-esque panoramas. Onwards, 'Temple Of The Winds' harks back to earliest Amon Düül rituals, and the heart slowing bass thuds and Juno 60 scenery of 'Midnight Tide' feel like a quasi speed Techno epic for elk on mountain ridges. By the close of raga epic 'Devotion II' you'll be calling mountain rescue.