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Low Level Owl, Vol. 2

by The Appleseed Cast

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Strings 05:09
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
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
shaking hands. greedy smile. on the window sill. flowered walks. wooded field. on the window sill. sirens come
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
Decline 01:03
face yourself. let it go. turn away. watch it grow. you never had the time
The Argument 05:51
Reaction 02:26
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
Confession 09:21


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, twenty-six beautifully orchestrated songs appear on two separate volumes of lush melody, expertly paced dynamics and blossoming atmospherics. 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. Volume 1 is available separately.

"Low Level Owl: Volume II from The Appleseed Cast has me floored. This is one of the most engaging emo albums I have ever heard. With interesting interludes between tracks and the more straightforward songs making use of open arrangements and unorthodox studio techniques of the instrumental/ambient songs, the ebb and flow of this album is so natural and beautiful that I hardly know how to describe it. It's like a great movie, and I feel as though I've gone on a long, interesting and beautiful journey. Low Level Owl, whether you're talking about Volume I, Volume II, or the project in its entirety, is easily the emo album of the year. No other band matches the ambition in scope and expertise of execution of the Appleseed Cast. Low Level Owl will likely one day be a revered part of the emo/indie rock canon, so check this out now." - Deep Fry Bonanza

"Starting off as the first volume finishes, Volume II of Low Level Owl is meant to be listened to immediately after the first disc ends, as The Appleseed Cast's latest offering is clearly one work - one immense, lofty and absolutely amazing work. Taking progressive rock in a new direction, The Appleseed Cast will go down as innovators after these releases. The songs are incredibly textured and perfectly produced, and the band experiments with a number of techniques from loops and new drumming styles to intricate instrumentals and ethereal soundscapes. Often, the band breaks off into instrumental periods where they try some of their more experimental approaches, which are thrilling, with tremendous beauty and passion. Complex and beautiful, The Appleseed Cast shows they are on the verge of, if not already achieving, greatness." - Delusions of Adequacy



released October 23, 2001


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