Montreal duo Thus Owls ready ‘Black Matter,’ share sweeping first single, touring UK/EU with Patrick Watson
by Bill Pearis
Montreal’s moody, cinematic Thus Owls (who seem to have have dropped the colon from their name) will release a new mini-LP, Black Matter, on November 6 via Secret City. The husband-and-wife duo of Simon and Erika Angell brought in Daníel Bjarnason (Sigur Ros, Efterklang, Ben Frost) to do the string arrangements here, which really gives the record an even bigger scope. We’re premiering first single “Turn Up the Volumes,” which is a bold and soaring piece of musical melodrama. Swoon along below.
Thus Owls are currently playing a few Canadian dates with Marie-Pierre Arthur and will tour the UK/Europe with old friend Patrick Watson (Simon previously played in Watson’s band and they’ve toured with him before). All dates are listed below.
Thus Owls – 2015 Tour Dates
Sep 24 Salle Michel Côté w/ Marie-Pierre Arthur – Alma, Canada
Sep 25 Vieux Couvent Saint-Prime w/ Marie-Pierre Arthur – Saint Prime, Canada
Sep 26 Bistro Café Summum w/ Marie-Pierre Arthur – Saguenay, Canada
Nov 10 O2 Academy 2 Oxfordw/ Patrick Watson – Oxford, United Kingdom
Nov 11 Islington Assembly Hallw/ Patrick Watson – London, United Kingdom
Nov 12 Gorillaw/ Patrick Watson – Manchester, United Kingdom
Nov 14 Essigfabrikw/ Patrick Watson – Köln, Germany
Nov 15 Mojow/ Patrick Watson – Hamburg, Germany
Nov 16 Heimathafenw/ Patrick Watson – Berlin, Germany
Nov 17 Autumn Falls @Trix w/ Last Ex – Antwerp, Belgium
Nov 19 Effenaarw/ Patrick Watson – Eindhoven, Netherlands