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Mysterious, haunting, bewitching, mesmerizing; these are terms typically used to describe the atmospheric indie-folk music of Owls of the Swamp, the moniker of Australian born (Iceland based) songwriter and musician, Pete Uhlenbruch.
His forthcoming EP is called Meteorite and is due for release on 4th November 2016 through Labelship records. Written in the aftermath of a transformative trip to the jungles of Peru, where Uhlenbruch worked with shamanic visionary plant medicine, the Meteorite EP offers deep, vulnerable and raw personal reflections on impermanence, the journey of the soul, facing one's shadows and the cultivation of self-care and awareness.
Mixed by Stefan Orn Gunnlaugsson (Íkorni) and mastered by Adam Dempsey (Courtney Barnett, CW Stoneking), you can hear the sense of adventure throughout the Meteorite EP, both in Uhlenbruch’s matured voice as well as in his dynamic song arrangements, which venture beyond his acoustic indie-folk background to explore new vistas of electronic rhythm programming, cascading synthesizers and sheets of guitars reminiscent of artists like Sufjan Stevens, the Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev.
Owls of the Swamp’s previous album releases (Smoky Bay - 2007, Go with River – 2011 and ATLAS – 2014) characterized by intricate guitar picking, assuring vocals and ambient textures have attracted Uhlenbruch plenty of attention over the years within the indie-folk scene with coverage from outlets including Paste Magazine, AllMusic, Magnet, NBHAP, American Songwriter and Indie Shuffle to name just a few. Uhlenbruch continues to bring his intimate ‘Owls of the Swamp’ live show performances to growing audiences across Australia, Europe and Scandinavia.