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Owl John

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  • Audio CD (4 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Owl John, aka Scott Hutchison of critically acclaimed Scottish group Frightened Rabbit, is proud to announce the release of his self-titled debut album through Atlantic Records.

The record, produced by Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit and good friend Simon Liddell of Olympic Swimmers, was recorded between the Isle of Mull in Scotland and the West Coast of America.

The Owl John album was born of Scott’s desire to get creatively inspired ahead of the next Frightened Rabbit record, and with the rest of the band on a break following the release of their 4th album Pedestrian Verse (their first with Atlantic Records). Scott headed to the Isle Of Mull with the mission to write and record an album in two weeks. With Andy and Simon (who also plays guitar from Frightened Rabbit’s live band), they hired a space in the Island’s Tobermory Arts Centre, ‘An Tobar’. For a fortnight they made music by day and drank whisky by night; at the end an album was made and Owl John was born.

The Owl John album, which showcases Scott’s trademark brutal honesty, sees a different direction from the music of Frightened Rabbit. Raw, powerful and often heart-breaking, Owl John will see Scott step out of Frightened Rabbit’s shadow.

Scott has to say:

“It's been about ten years since I had the notion to add the word 'Owl' as a middle name. Scott Owl John Hutchison. I thought it had a really splendid flow to it. I suppose I enjoy owls as much as most people, admiring their weird neck thing and having read 'Plop' countless times as a wee one. I don't buy the wisdom bit, but they are incredibly good at being owls and it would be nice to be as effective at being a human. Sadly, I'm not and it is from this croaking foible that songs come. The desperate crunch of failure sat right next to the fizzing, spumante spark of joy. They cackle and point at each other because they don't understand their opponent. You will find me sitting between them, eating a bag of nuts (not Brazils, they make my mouth itch) and documenting the whole sorry episode.

John is a homeless.
John is a priest.
John is a witness.
John is a beast.
It was also approximately 10 years ago that I started a band called Frightened Rabbit. In that time I've dedicated so much of my life to that good wee band with a stupid name, I felt it was time to indulge John. Sing it with me...

John is a weirdo.
John is a thief.
John is a wino.
Listen, bleed, weep.”

Scott hails from Selkirk, Scotland and formed Frightened Rabbit with his brother Grant (drums), bassist Billy Kennedy and guitarist Andy Monaghan in 2003. They have released 4 studio albums to date. "

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Aug. 2014
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Away from the fold of Frightened Rabbit Scott Hutchinson is making
some very interesting music of his own as this self-titled debut shows.

There's a rattling rough and ready energy running through the upbeat
numbers such as the delightfully odd opening track 'Cold Creeps' and the
rumbustious and reverb-laden 'Two', with its uplifting chorus but there
are moments of great delicacy too. His composition 'Songs About Roses',
in particular, shows off the full colour of his plaintive voice and way with
a good tune; a little bit folksy and with some truly lovely vocal harmonies.
It's a really beautiful thing. 'Los Angeles, Be Kind', too, weaves a melancholy
personal narrative into the seams of a touching full-bodied epic ballad.
If you're looking to rip up the rug, however, look no further than 'Red Hand',
where Mr Hutchinson seems to have tapped just a little into the spirit of
R.E.M.'s 'Out Of Time' (1991) and come back with a memorably jangly gem.

There's light and shade and highs and lows here in abundance.
Owl John's very impressive first solo showing is an absolute hoot!

Highly Recommended.
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By jamie123Bsddblasjdajs on 28 Aug. 2014
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Really good album. Some stronger songs and some not so strong songs, but overall the album works really well. Sounds similar to Frightened Rabbit (as it would), but with some more synth sounds here and there. Reminds me of FR's first two albums, in a way. But yeah, it's definitely worth a listen. :)
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Love it. A bit different from Frightened Rabbit, but excellent nonetheless.
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The Man's A Musical Effing Genius 29 Dec. 2014
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If you're reading this review, you're probably already a fan, so there's really no need to say anything more. I'm a complete musical snob, having grown up in rock-n-roll's true glory days. This is the best music being made this century. Whether solo or with the rest of the Frabbit boys, Scott/Owl John writes the most intensely beautiful lyrics and music in the world.
Agree with the other reviews - this is a great album that Frightened Rabbit fans shouldn't hesitate to pick ... 20 Sept. 2014
By CAC - Published on
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Agree with the other reviews - this is a great album that Frightened Rabbit fans shouldn't hesitate to pick up.
Five Stars 31 Aug. 2014
By Brett G Johnson - Published on
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If you are a Frightened Rabbit fan this is a welcome addition to the collection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Five Stars 18 Aug. 2014
By Natalie - Published on
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Love it!
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Fantastic Album 15 Aug. 2014
By Joseph A. Graff - Published on
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Scott Hutchison does it again. If you like Frightened Rabbit, especially the older albums, you'll like this album!
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