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Ellis Island

by Thus Owls

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This song was written in another time, when living as separate islands was not such a literal and current phenomena in each and everyone’s life. It was written from a romantic perspective, where distance can be painfully beautiful and separation necessary in order to experience the wonders of longing and yearning. Like food for love. It is also about the struggles that we face together. Those that bring out our worst parts and weaknesses that make us grow. Today we long for all of you. Friends and family, close and far, and you who listen. We miss you all the time and always. Ellis Island is a song that has to stand on its own, it does not belong to any album. It is our way to connect with you when we can’t in any other way.

Ellis Island features Simon Millerd on trumpet and is released together with a new video by Erika Angell on the bands own label, For The Living And The Dead. The cover photo, hand painted on 16 mm film, is made by renowned filmmaker Karl Lemieux. Thus Owls is Erika Angell (vocals, keys), Simon Angell (guitar) and Samuel Joly (drums).


Ellis Island

I enter the emotion
And exit it's withdrawals
When will you come back to me?
When will you come back to me?

The solitude within my breath
Is feeding the pride burning my flesh
When will you come back to me?
When will you come back to me?

You're trying so hard to please me
But the darkness you're keeping seeps in
When will you confide in me?
When will you confide in me?

I've got my own pulse to follow
A shield to break
A ridge to swallow.
When will you confide in me?
When will you confide in me?


released October 30, 2020
Erika Angell - vocals, keys
Simon Angell - guitar, bass
Samuel Joly - drums
Simon Millerd - trumpet

Recorded and Mixed by Pierre Girard at Studio 3, Planet Studios, Montreal.
Mastered by Richard Addison at Trillium Sound Mastering, Montreal.

Cover Art by Karl Lemieux

Released by For The Living And The Dead


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Thus Owls Montreal, Québec

The mesmerizing and dark velvet sounding Thus Owls from Montreal is built around the core of Swedish-Canadian couple Erika and Simon Angell. Simon’s harshly charismatic guitar blends with the urgency of Erika’s vocals to create a sound that bends and stretches their unusual compositions into ever newer and surprising shapes. ... more


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