Cardiac Malformations

by Thus Owls

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With a voice that straddles seamlessly the worlds of close fragility and far reaching intensity, there is nary a person who doesnʼt fall immediately entranced when they hear it.

The Canadian/Swedish band Thus Owls have carved themselves into the psyches and hearts of many curious crowds along their way since their 2009 debut record “Cardiac Malformations”. The groupʼs cinematic, dark and emotional art-folk hits you in the gut and brings
your focus to what lays deep inside. With an eclectic line-up surrounding the Montreal-relocated Swedish songstress Erika Angell and Montreal guitarist Simon Angell (Patrick Watson Band), Thus Owls emerge from two of the most prolific and cutting edge corners of the world to create a sound both novel and captivating.

"Cardiac Malformations" was recorded during five intense and playful days in the legendary Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is where it all started, where a sense, a feeling, an image of a creation and the sound of Thus:Owls was born.


released March 25, 2009

All music by Erika Angell.
Arranged and performed by Thus:Owls. Erika Angell (vox), Simon Angell (git), Cecilia Persson (pi) Martin Höper (bass), Ola Hultgren (drums).

Guest musicians: Emil Strandberg (trp), Nils Berg (bcl, flute), August Wanngren (trb), Helena Henriksson (violin), Emma Nordlund (cello)

Recorded by Oskar Lindberg at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Mixed by August Wanngren in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mastered by Hans Olsson at Dicentia, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Cover design by Mai-Britt Amsler.
Released by Hoob Records in Sweden and by Almost Musique in Europe.



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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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