Owensie is to Jose Gonzalez as James Vincent McMorrow is to Bon Iver; the comparisons are inevitable but when you look past the immediate similarities and you’ll find a remarkable artist in their own right. A former member of Terodactyl and Puget Sound, Owensie’s current sound is a blend of Spanish/classical guitar and wistful Americana-tinged folk with a vocal that is altogether more palatable that Gonzales’ – breathy with a smooth falsetto. His debut LP is collection on 9 tracks, compelling plucked guitar hooks and resonating melodies. Entitled Aliens the album will be released February 4th via Out On A Limb; a launch gig takes place in The Back Loft, La Cathedral Studios, Dublin, on Friday January 21st.
Owensie plays Whelan’s Ones To Watch on Wednesday.