Owen Ė The EP
Record Label: Polyvinyl
Release Date: May 4 2004
Music shopping is one of my favorite things to do, because every time I go out, I never know what Iím going to find. I always make weekly trips to my local FYE, even though I have a lot/hate relationship with that store, because their new records are usually overpriced, but their used CDs and DVDs are fantastic. Thatís where I found a copy of Owenís The EP for $2.99 in the clearance section. I wasnít sure if it was Mike Kinsellaís band Owen, but I was 99% sure it was, so I decided to buy it, and see for myself. Thankfully, I was right, and I was pleased that I managed to find a physical release by a wonderful artist. I havenít listened to much by Owen, mainly just this EP and 2011ís Ghost Town. That was my first and only release that I knew by Kinsella, but it was still a rather enjoyable record. I donít remember much about it, but what I do remember is that it was a chilled out indie/emo record, and well, thatís what The EP is, too. Itís exactly what I remembered about Owen. Itís rather stripped down, and chilled out, and thatís really it, honestly. Owen was a band that always kinda fell to the wayside for me. I mean, I always have enjoyed Kinsellaís music, specifically the record I had heard, but I never really loved it, either. Thatís ultimately how I feel about The EP. Itís a good collection of five songs that Owen is known for Ė chilled out indie/emo, but thatís about it.
Itís not a bad EP, or anything, it just doesnít do much for me, as a whole. The first two songs, ďSkin and Bones,Ē and ďIn the Morning, Before WorkĒ are actually quite enjoyable. The former starts off the EP on a very nice note, and essentially what the whole EP entails. If you want a feel for this EP and even this band, this song is a nice place to start. A pounding drum beat drives this song, along with an acoustic guitar in the background, as Kinsella sings. His voice is quite unique, but never really did much for me. And on this EP, he sings in a rather hushed tone throughout the whole thing, and doesnít really switch it up, which does kind of bug me after awhile. The EP is only 23 minutes long, but it does get slightly boring, because the first couple songs are really enjoyable, along with the latter track, ďIn the Morning, Before Work,Ē but itís after this song where things go get a bit derivative. There are some interesting moments, however, like third track ďBreaking AwayĒ features a violin throughout the track, and coupled with Kinsellaís hushed vocals, itís quite beautiful. The song also features some nice lyrics, too. Itís a nice EP, and if you are a fan of indie or genuine ďemoĒ music, this is something to look into. Iíve never been into much of the genre, but itís something I may have to look into. Regardless, Owen has been a band that Iíve never really connected with. Iíve always enjoyed Mike Kinsellaís music, but never loved it, and this EP is solid, but doesnít make me fall in love with his music, or anything, really. Itís solid indie/emo, and thatís really it.