Low Level Owl, Vol. 1 + 2

by The Appleseed Cast

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To mark the 10 year anniversary of THE APPLESEED CAST's seminal, critically-acclaimed and most popular release LOW LEVEL OWL, Deep Elm Records is releasing both Volumes 1 + 2 together as a complete collection of 26 songs.

Massive in approach and epic in scope, LOW LEVEL OWL is a vast soundscape that lives and breathes on its own. Nearly two hours in total length and previously released on two separate volumes, these twenty-six beautifully orchestrated songs of lush melody, expertly paced dynamics and blossoming atmospherics will leave you floored. THE APPLESEED CAST gives way to a more courageous exploration of sound and texture on Low Level Owl, experimenting with loops, echoes, instrumentation, inverting tape and changing speeds. They discover the sonic possibilities...the masterpiece in every measure. Each song nearly explodes at the seams, overflowing with symphonics, crescendos, swells of feedback and electronics. Listen to slowly building waves of guitars and drums that ultimately crest, bursting into the shimmering tears of honest men. Music like this is neither calculated nor deliberate. It just happens. It just exists. This is the music to dream to.

"Low Level Owl is a supernova and a full redefinition of The Appleseed Cast...a sprawling monster that redirects their ambition from the emotional release of their earlier albums into the meticulous conceptions crafted through endless hours of studio time. Overhauling their sound and incorporating a wide melange of styles, the technical execution throughout the album is flawless. Just the arrangement of the music alone shows the amount of thought that goes into an album of this size. There are hints of Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine and Built to Spill - all embedded a lush wave of production reminiscent of the Flaming Lips, Spiritualized or Mogwai. With Low Level Owl, they establish their own unique vision for the future of rock, offering hope and brighter possibilities for the genre...or rather, creating their own. It's time to herald The Appleseed Cast for what they are now, and what they're about to become: ground breaking." - Pitchfork

"Low Level Owl is the best music The Appleseed Cast has ever produced, pushing the envelope of indie rock, emo, recording techniques and musicianship into a place that has rarely been visited. Choosing to create a two hour long soundscape of melody, rhythm and emotion, Low Level Owl's twenty-six tracks do not divide the album up into abrupt fragments, but rather act as road signs guiding the listener through a seamless sonic journey. They should not even be considered as moments of expression and emotion. Each moment bleeds effortlessly into the next leaving the listener to make distinctions between the changing concepts and ideas on their own. Low Level Owl is a product of love, imagination and devotion that can only come from a band that has the one simple goal of making music. You have to listen to The Appleseed Cast yourself to understand. Low Level Owl is an amazing display of music." - RockKansas

"Low Level Owl from The Appleseed Cast is the 20 year-old bottle of champagne equivalent to music. Both epitomize perfection to those people who have the refined taste to appreciate them. In terms of quality, there is simply none better. In that sense, the Appleseed Cast have composed one of the finest pieces of music this generation will ever hear. This album is mellow; it's multi-faceted; it's poetic; it's full of imagery and emotion. For maximum enjoyment, you've got to lie back, close your eyes and absorb it. The Appleseed Cast have redefined the genre that has been redefined more often that it has been adhered to, and I'm pretty certain there isn't another band out there like this one." - Punk International

"The Appleseed Cast is romantic, airy, deep, wooing, heartfelt...there are so many words to describe Low Level Owl. It is instrumental bliss, pure feeling and intensity. Listening to this flowing album is an incredible experience. I expected nothing but the best from these guys and that is exactly what they delivered. The most notable song on the album has to be Steps And Numbers...the lyrics just hit you and leave you in question and wonderment. Very powerful stuff. This is a definite must for anyone that enjoys having a few moments alone to ponder life and everything involved." - Punk Bands

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released October 23, 2011

christopher crisci
aaron pillar
josh baruth
marc young

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Track Name: The Waking of Pertelotte
(instrumental)
Track Name: On Reflection
he steps away from his car with a song. he was wrong. he should have known all along. with wary eyes and uncertain grin. fall out. i saved your voice. trouble. that outstretched hand you had to shake. you sell out. you could have had your choice. but broke away the turnstile. fall out. your friends are toys. in time. that outstretched hands you had to shake. will sell you out. and leave your wreck
Track Name: Blind Man's Arrow
in this lifetime. you can mix knives and paper doves. on the roof top if it craves it's hollowed out. i fell down this daylight. blind man's arrow buried in my loves heart. tape was wound. life ties back drop figures and puppets in scissor hands. on the outside all of these words are falling down. porcelain light a moonless night. in closing. always closing. fortunate day. simple to say. in closing. always closing. the curtain is drawn. the lights go on. in closing. always closing
Track Name: Flowers Falling From Dying Hands
(instrumental)
Track Name: Messenger
(instrumental)
Track Name: Doors Lead To Questions
(instrumental)
Track Name: Steps And Numbers
are you wishing on a star. did you know your dreams are sold. to people who dream only of gold. they'll find a way to pull stars down. stand there. dance with a memory. the caption reads it's all over now. do you feel alone in the secret. are you standing there just weeping. do you feel the light is gone. is it hard to remain strong. in the face of all you know. in a world that's brought you low
Track Name: Sentence
the words i wrote down. just seem empty there. but found the page
Track Name: Bird Of Paradise
(instrumental)
Track Name: Mile Marker
slow down a lighted road. a broken sign states the mile. a broken code. a simple rhyme. a smile. a fallen line. a simple song set the time. an empty stage. a view beyond the skyline. all comes falling down. on the floor the heart. the tangled weed. the open door. the sign. an open life is an onion skin. in time the never scene in party blue. i'm dying. these are the colors and shades of a heart that is broken
Track Name: Convict
jacob stands on snakes. and finds his life in shame. they will make their plea. trust in the disease. one last drop of pain. the fighting's all in vain. one last antidote. forgotten ties on severed ropes. hanging them from poles. someone saw the light. and brought his bow string tight. and aimed it at the heart. of my beloved
Track Name: A Tree For Trials
this life goes lullaby out of here. smile shows filtered sounds of fear. back into it goes through the trial you can't hear
Track Name: Signal
someday the sun will fall down. and the waters will rise. and the walls will fall down. the hands that built them will at the cost of making love. we shine the times and hide the trough. we'll find a way to make it run. we'll light a flame that says we are. everyone you want doesn't want you back. at the cost of making love. we shine the times and hide the trough. we'll find a way to make it run. we'll light a flame that says we are
Track Name: View Of A Burning City
(instrumental)
Track Name: View Of A Burning City (reprise)
(instrumental)
Track Name: Strings
in and out of phase. the clock winds up the nations hands. falling on disgrace. watching pragmatists have plans. to bringing down the face. the woman hides the strings of death. stepping down the maze. a broken life will bind a broken man. a second hand can sell. to a fading sense of self. the wares and tools to break and make another hell. the blindness we hide inside. will make us carry more. empty cans and useless monuments of wealth. and we could hold hands. bring back the sea. and we could stand up. we could believe
Track Name: A Place In Line
words fall like autumn leaves as he speaks. bring you down. and this time his eyes sing a line from the living sea. some things just go away with sleep. fade away. some things just get worse with every day. either away. crushing leaves to find the spot on earth. bring me down. the silence grows and leaves a chance to breathe. buy the dream. you can buy your life in line
Track Name: Shaking Hands
shaking hands. greedy smile. on the window sill. flowered walks. wooded field. on the window sill. sirens come
Track Name: Rooms And Gardens
sowed a broken blue ocean with old wire hands. found in vacant lots the lonely shells of flowered plans. outside there for nothing. wives and lovers in ageless sorrow. on now to the wasted rooms and gardens and stricken yards. sight now changing. sorrow building. light now leaving. our lives ending
Track Name: Ring Out The Warning Bell
(instrumental)
Track Name: Sunset Drama King
(instrumental)
Track Name: The Last In A Line
(instrumental)
Track Name: Decline
face yourself. let it go. turn away. watch it grow. you never had the time
Track Name: The Argument
(instrumental)
Track Name: Reaction
facade. forewarn. the little worm. in turn you burn out the secret places. i fell like cancer. shake the smile from your face. be still and answer. put denial in it's place
Track Name: Confession
(instrumental)