Owel are obviously one of our favorite bands to post about here at Ineverglow, but what’s not to love? This New Jersey band infuses lots of Radiohead and Sigur Ros into their brand of emotional rock tunes. While I like the music of the aforementioned seminal bands, I truly enjoy the music of Owel more. I know that’s a blasphemous statement to those who pray to the gods of indie-rock, but we like what we like. Maybe they haven’t made an album as great as OK Computer yet, but give me everything Owel has released over all of Radiohead’s other albums. Yes, that includes Kid A.
I’m just gonna let Ineverglow contributor David Martin take it from here, cause let’s be real, no one can verbally pick apart a song like he can. From his review of the album, Dear Me: “The album’s first half concludes with a six-minute epic that was another one of the first tracks to really grab my attention. While crescendos galore are all but guaranteed on an Owel record, the one in this song may be one of the band’s most devastating, as the entire song seems to be trying to wean two lovers off of the idea that they are each other’s soulmates and saviors. The way Jay sings it is so beautiful, yet his words are so devastating as he underscores the temporary nature of their relationship: “Though we suffer from the same disease, we both suffer differently/And though I do adore, you are not my cure/And I am not yours.” It seems almost nihilistic at first, but there’s something compelling in how he relinquishes a sense of ownership here, as if to say we never know how long we truly have to share with someone, and worrying about that could sabotage the potential beauty of the shared time we have left. Owel gracefully reminds me on this track of why I’m glad they’re not a heavier rock band. The guitars and drums get incredibly loud as this one boils over, but the way they started with a graceful, melodic approach before shifting the tone of the song and blitzing us with a wall of power chords is a great example of less being more. I get chills when Jay slips into a startling falsetto right near the end: “This is not your heart to break… You’ll break it anyway!” A lot of rock bands going for this emo of a climax probably would have screamed that line. And it would have sounded predictably goofy. But the way he sings it here is, quite appropriately, heartbreaking.”