Scowlin Owl are an all-female folk band, low on twee but big on drama and vocal harmonies. Their debut single, called Mifune is a driving, atmospheric song about the relationship between Japan’s most famous actor Toshiro Mifune and legendary film director Akira Kurosawa.
Released yesterday, Scowlin Owl are influenced by storytellers from the classic (Dylan, Baez) to the contemporary (Decemberists, Midlake). Any story or concept which inspires may become a song, and means they have tunes about tsunamis, Japanese Samurai actors, creepy preachers, frozen bodies, right through to what Jolene might have said back to Dolly Parton.
With this love of classic country and bluegrass, plus the film scores of Ennio Morricone, and the Carter Family, it all brings a distinct Americana vibe to many of their songs, and they love to use harmony vocals to add rawness and depth to whatever they do.
Interest piqued? Download the single and find out for yourself.
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