Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Mike Gentry
There's a question of the heart that's posed in the title track of Wake Owl's EP, "Wild Country." It's not a question of truth or of authenticity, but rather a question of possession. It's a question of whose is whose and if there's a discrepancy in answers, what then?
The words of lead singer Colyn Cameron plays with the images of fire and ice. He plays with all the complications that can be derived from a mix-up of the heart, or of what one might think is contained in theirs or another's. It's this prairie of thought, this spectacular sound that's almost pure silence.
He and the rest of his Wake Owl bandmates don't want much more than silence. They'll willing to fill it only with what it needs. They embrace a floating touch as they tackle the sensations of nightfall and falling. There's a good life that's being sought, but it's the chase that seems unending, as if we're going to be following some speck off on the horizon for a while, until our legs are hard as rocks. Within these majestic songs is fire meeting fire and tumbling for itself.
Cameron puts things to the wind. If he didn't he feels as if he'd go mad. He's seeking that good, deep breath that finally lets him feel like he got enough, that he can stop trying so hard. He wants to swing in the backyard, lying on some twine. He sings, "I guess I'll walk across the fire and see what turns me on," suggesting that nothing's going to come easily, even if that would be nice, if happiness were more of a breeze than it always proves to be.
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