Artist
Label
Charcoal Owls
Tin Roof
Night School
/
2014
LP
18.59
LSSN023 / Includes Download Code
Ltd. to 300 copies, initial copies on clear vinyl
Incl. VAT plus shipping / Orders from outside the EU are exempt from VAT
Tracklist
1He's Always In Here 2:24
2Artificial Eyes 2:50
3Twickenham Slags 3:58
4Johnny 1:18
5Anxious Under Tin 2:38
6Grace Period 2:50
7Pink Slip 4:14
8The Rundells 4:26
9225 Says You'll Stay 3:00
10Wild Cards 3:24
11The Day Toby Young Died 3:32
12Clapham Monster 1:28
13I Just Can't Say When 3:20

Charcoal Owls is the ever-evolving collaboration between musician Tom James Scott and poet/vocalist Russell Walker (Pheromoans, The Bomber Jackets). Their debut LP "Tin Roof" sees Scott draw on disparate forms - Satiesque minimalism, field recording, abstracted pop and improvisation to converse with the peculiar lyricism that Walker has perfected over his various activities. The result is a warm, absurdist meditation on suburban insecurity and the tragi-comic.

Tin Roof follows two sold out cassette releases on OneC Records and Night People. Opening with a lilting instrumental piece embedded with field recordings, Russell Walker’s narrative begins on 2nd track “Artificial Eyes.” Soon the listener is drawn into the curious worldview the writer has been expanding on for years, his wonderfully pathetic characters lightning conductors for provincial crisis and every-day profundities. Through out Tin Roof the listener’s ear is drawn by the juxtaposition of Scott’s minimal melodic lines and Walker’s often downright hilarious verse; “Anxious under tin again, one un-emptied wheelie bin.” There’s a real depth to mine – tracks like “Clapham Monster,” a one minute diary entry which will make any listener spit out their porridge in laughter, rub up against stark, downright beautiful pieces like “I Just Can’t Say When.” At another point “Grace Period” (featuring Rose Keeler on vocals) brings a soothing drone cadence after the acerbic, commuter-angst of “Twickenham Slags.”