North Carolina's Stray Owls have a sort of broken sound but, wait... I mean that as a compliment. There is a certain reticence in their rock, a raw imperfect perfection, street smarts and a tendency to like things that feel a bit off. Just listen to Words that have a kind of crashing sound of Pixies and Miracle Legion blended together. A heavy but sort of tender 90's College rock tone. Folk rock chords played punk style with jagged lead lines that stray so far from anything Jimmy Page could even imagine.
- American Pancake
Stray Owls' influences are pretty classic—somewhere between Pink Floyd and the retro-futuristic indie-pop of Grandaddy—but their sound is bespoke....On “Dislocation,” which we’re premiering today, they slow-dance through a moonlit verse and then guitar-solo into an uplifting chorus sung by Cory Griffiths, Scott’s wife. Building and breaking the arrangement with understated grandeur, it's the rare space-rock opus that also works as a singalong and a lullaby.
-Brian Howe - Indyweek
Fuzzy psych-rock that never forgets the need for melody or jangle…superb flyer single from a sophomore album that promises to deliver.
Matt French - guitar, vocals, keyboards, field recordings
Scott Griffiths - guitar, vocals, bass
Additional vocals on "Dislocation" and clarinet on "Cory's Interlude" by
Recorded & Mixed by Jerry Kee at Duck Kee Studio #8.5
and Stairway to Mebane (Mebane, NC) March 2019 - November 2019
Mastered by Greg Elkins at Pershing Hill Sound
Cover Art by Chad Yenney
Thanks to Corbie Hill for the blurbage, John Harrison and Potluck Foundation for the support, Judy Woodall, Land Is, Them Damn Bruners, Chad Yenney, Tim Conner & Angela West. Hugest of thank you’s to Kylene French and Cory Griffiths.