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Barn Owl
Ancestral Star - Thrill Jockey
FILTER Grade: 74%

By David C. Obenour on November 9, 2010


Barn Owl

For all the bombast that Ancestral Star summons from its beginning, the remainder of Barn Owl’s third album finds itself still ominous, though more tepid. Opening track “Sundown” comes in with all of the bowel-shaking, evil bass fuzz that one expects from acts like Sunn O))), but that influence starts and stops there. Despite the duo having honed their chops in Bay Area metal acts, from the second track (“Visions in Dust”) on, Ancestral Star plays itself out as a Six Organs of Admittance-like experiment in sound and silence. You can tell a great deal of thought was put into the album’s tracking—songs flow and ebb as seamlessly as verses and choruses—and the vast instrumentation used to create these soundscapes. Both of these observations lead to Ancestral Star’s most impressive feature: for all of the thought required, the album is still very natural and accessible

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