Owl & Penny

Owl & Penny

Layering intricate acoustic fingering, intertwined with oftentimes haunting lyrical imagery and falsetto vocal harmonies that cascade and soar like ghosts through a fog, Ryan Osterman (Owl & Penny) has created a setting of mystery, nostalgia, and feral nature in his music. References of the forest and animal-like spirits along with the almost pulmonary pounding of large drums, marching through gravel, clapping and buckets (and sometimes, even more odds and ends); it becomes difficult to not feel carried into the lands he describes within his music. Currently completing his 3rd release 'Milk & Sugar,' Osterman is perpetually evolving further away from his minimal folk-like origin and into something much more dark and colossal. Yet through the shadows, there is still a profound glimmer of hope shining through the branches with songs like "Acorn" and "Jules" that are solidified by strong instrumentation and devastatingly beautiful orchestral arrangements. Drawing inspiration from artists like Sigur Rós, The Tallest Man On Earth and Gregory & the Hawk, 22 year old Ryan Osterman has been performing since early 2006 and has self-released many demos and samplers prior to and in between the releases of his albums (Stolen Silver and Fever Dreams) on River Jones Music. Although he is young, do not let this dissuade your impression; Owl & Penny will surely leave you immersed inside a world of anthropomorphized nature and dreamlike qualities that will resonate between the walls of your heart and mind over and over.


The Balcony Scene

On a warm fuzzy summer's day, Blake Trevino and James Goodnight got together and played guitar. It was good, but they couldn't keep time, so in September 2009 they put up an ad on Craigslist for a drummer. Tristan Garwood, being the creeper that he is quickly replied. When they were supposed to have their first practice Blake found out he had to go to Las Cruces till the next year because he couldn't pay for college in Albuquerque. Using Guitar Pro the band mates still learned songs and practiced here and there. Over Christmas break they really started practicing together every day. They booked their first show at the Launchpad which was a battle of the bands, but they needed a bassist. They asked Tristan's good friend Jordan Simon to stand in. The band had a photo shoot shortly thereafter and got booked for their actual first show at Warehouse 508. They played that show and it went amazing and they went on to win the battle of the bands and sell all 100 tickets they were given. Blake's brother then stood in as the bassist, and since then, in only a couple of short months, they are taking Albuquerque's music scene by storm.

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