Sometimes you listen to an album and find yourself enveloped by the lyrical message or energized by the energy of the music or both. Sometimes go places in your mind, either by imagination or the music grips your personality so tightly that it acts like a guide through our own past experiences, in a sense giving you the soundtrack to your own life. I really felt like Wake Owl did just about everything in that loop aside from energize me, as the album is super relaxing, almost hypnotic.
The Private World of Paradise is kind of a fitting title for my experience with the album. It took me places inside my head that I hadn’t thought about in years. Things that I could look back on in fondness. The indie vibe of the album reaching back just a few years, the old school, almost Motown guitar style on some tracks that goes back in further, and the lyrical presence, which bit by bit seemed fitting for my own memories at times.
The album is super relaxing with vocals popping up just under the radar like a hypnotic dream across airy guitars and the playfulness of bass lines and every other tiny sound slipped in-between the nooks and crannies of the mix, which is exceptionally well produced. I think to describe this album in any one way is to do it a injustice. It really is an experience that you’d have to know on your own.
Is it an album that seems like you could find yourself listening to it years down the line? Absolutely. The key is getting your foot in the door and giving it a listen. If you have the mileage you’re more then likely to find that personal touch, but if you don’t, it’s still a great album. Enjoy.