The Appleseed Cast

Low Level Owl, Vol. 2

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The second installment of Appleseed Cast's Low Level Owl project is just as highly experimental -- and surprisingly successful -- as its companion. Like volume one, it is sequenced like one long track, its individual pieces woven together with samples, found sounds, and tape effects. Volume two contains more instrumental material than its predecessor, which adds to its symphonic qualities; at these moments, the band is reminiscent of Mogwai, building layers of billowing guitars and repetitive motifs to create a hypnotic effect. Other times, there's a druggy drone rock quality to volume two that recalls Spiritualized or My Bloody Valentine. Overall, the Low Level Owl project is ambitious, sprawling, and maybe long-winded, but is loaded with enough beautiful moments and adventurous recording ideas to make it remarkable.

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