Turning Rocks

by Thus Owls

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Get your TURNING ROCKS CD or VINYL on our website: www.thusowls.com

Thus Owls is a Montréal based band with two releases behind them. They are a transatlantic band comprised of husband and wife duo Erika and Simon Angell. By their side they have Parker Shper, Martin Höper and Stefan Schneider.

The album is both a scrapbook of memories and oral transmissions from an island in Sweden, and a sonic experiment in tone and colour recorded in Montreal.

The third album TURNING ROCKS was released worldwide by Secret City Records April 8th 2014.

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released 08 April 2014

All music by Erika Angell except;
As long as we try a little, Bloody War, White Flags Down and Thief; written by Erika Angell & Simon Angell and Turning Rocks; written by Erika Angell & Parker Shper.

All lyrics by Erika Angell except;
Could I but dream that dream once more that contains of excerpts from the novel Genji Monogataria by Murasaki Shikibu, written around 1004 and 1011 in Japan. Translated to english by Vera Eicholz-Rhode.

Produced and arranged by Thus Owls:
Erika Angell - vocals, autoharp
Simon Angell - guitars
Parker Shper - keyboards, organs and piano
Martin Höper - bass
Stefan Schneider - drums and percussion

Guest Musicians:
Taylor Kirk - Vocals on Thief
Hans Bernhard - Bass on Ropes and Turning Rocks

Horn section on How, in my Bones, A Windful of Screams and Thief:
Andy King - Flugel horn /Trumpet
Jean-Nicholas Trottier - Trombone
Pietro Amato - French horn (featured on A Windful of Screams and Smoke Like Birds)

Choir on A Windful of Screams:
Marie-Pierre Arthur
Lisa Iwanycki
Harris Shper
Joe Grass
Taylor Kirk

Recorded by Rob Heaney at Fast Forward Studios, summer 2013.
Assistant and additional engineering by Harris Shper.
Mixed by Jace Lasek at Breakglass Studios, fall 2013.
Mastered by Hans Olsson Brookes at Svenska Grammofonstudion Mastering, fall 2013.
Cover painting by Daniel Aronson.
Album layout by David Andréas.

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Thus Owls Montreal, Québec

Thus Owls are a transatlantic band centered around husband and wife Erika and Simon Angell. The band originated in Sweden as an outlet for Erika’s songs. Simon meanwhile was beginning to tour with Montreal’s Patrick Watson. When the two finally met on tour at Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands, it wasn’t long before they were making music together as Thus Owls. ... more

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Track Name: As long as we try a little
Only one false step in the dark
made her trip and fall
hard and headlong,
in the meadow,
with the pale moon over.

Head over heals
dogged by great misfortune.
Head over heals, flying.
Losing herself to the old well.

But as long as we tried a little
and as long as we ventured some.

And then the hear says rolled down the valley.
Like the river flows
in to the delta.
And the songs split
by the forked tongues humming.

Still in the wind, turned into a whisper.
Still in the wind, flying.
Losing herself in the winds tale.

But as long as we tried a little
and as long as we ventured some.
But as long as we tried a little
it doesnʼt matter how we all end
Track Name: How, In My Bones
How, in my bones,
that feeling of embarrassment remains
like a tattoo on my skin.
But words had already slipped my eager mouth
and are now hovering in the air.
I said a prayer for them
to be picked down by a savior, safely,
onto the ground
and I knew that it would leave, a sour feeling in my belly.
Grow up!

How she did die
I overheard. My parents conversation
gave me the facts kept from younger ears
and how it was burning me from the inside out.
Like a secret waiting to be told.
It grew much bigger than me
so I cleared my throat, I raised my voice, to speak,
like the kid that I was
and immediately I knew Iʼd never been worthy.
Grow up!

Deep, deep down in my gut, a ball of shame
Deep, deep down droops my head, a last farewell
Deep, deep down from within is where I sang
for you, Johanna.

Thatʼs how we learn things, when we are hurting.
Track Name: Ropes
Being one, does it mean losing one of two?
Did I push all my dreams on you?
Are the waters deeper than you can overcome?
Are the horses running off to somewhere you donʼt want?
Oh, itʼs making you sick when weʼre falling.

Who will I become if you change the route?
Who will you become if I cut us loose?
When the ropes weʼre tangled in are gone,
will we change or will we stay as one?

What will we become?

Growing old, does it mean losing some of your nerve?
With a thicker skin, are the longings we hold preserved?
Are the weathers piling up in a darkened sky?
Are the answers there to find once the rains have poured down?
Oh, itʼs making me sick when weʼre falling.

Who will I become if you change the route?
Who will you become if I cut us loose?
When the ropes weʼre tangled in are gone,
will we change or will we stay as one?

What will we become?