‘Departures’ from Owl & Mouse out now!

24 Jul

It feels like we’ve been sat on this record for a long time, eagerly awaiting the time where we can let you hear it all! And now we can!
It might be one of our best looking records to date (hat tip to Tom Humberstone for this amazing artwork) – you can get it on lovely 12″ vinyl, CD or as a digital download direct from us at the Fika Recordings shop, from iTunes, Spotify and all the usual outlets.

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Owl & Mouse – Octopi

6 Jul

Here’s the brand new, llamatastic video from Owl & Mouse, for their new single Octopi, out today!

The debut album Departures is released on the 24th of July.

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The Smittens on tour with Owl & Mouse

21 Jun


The Smittens are heading over from Vermont to play a week of shows in the UK and Norway. Joining them will be Owl & Mouse, playing in support of their debut album, Departures.

Catch Owl & Mouse and The Smittens here:
July 3rd: Cardiff – Four Bars at Dempsey’s [Owl & Mouse only] Tickets
July 4th: Brighton – The Hope & Ruin (w/ King Of Cats, Moscow Centre) Tickets
July 5th: Leeds – Wharf Chambers (w/ The Seven Inches)
July 6th: Oxford – The Library (w/ Jess Hall)
July 7th: London – The Shacklewell Arms (w/ Tigercats) Tickets
July 8th: Moss, Norway
July 9th: Bergen, Norway
July 11th & 12th: Indiefjord, Bjorke, Norway (w/ The School, The Just Joans and more)

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Owl & Mouse – Worst Kiss

10 Jun

You’ve waited a long time since Owl & Mouse’s debut 7″ on Fika Recordings a year ago to hear something new. So we’re chuffed that we can finally reveal Worst Kiss, the first track from their debut LP “Departures”.

The songwriting vehicle for talented young Brisbanite Hannah Botting, which began as a twosome with sister Jen, those early outings have quickly grown into something altogether more fully formed. “The name was kind of silly,” says Hannah, reflecting on the band’s early days. “It came from a song I wrote years ago about an owl and a mouse that go to war together. In the beginning it was just Jen and I doing shows and people would always ask who was the owl and who was the mouse,” she reminisces, before adding with a certain dry humour, “we had to grow the band to avoid that question.” And grow the band has, with the addition of Tom Wade (We Aeronauts) and the prolific pairing of Emma Winston and Dan Mayfield (Enderby’s Room, Darren Hayman’s Long Parliament).

Straight out of the same school of Australian songwriting as The Go-Betweens, Triffids and Courtney Barnett, Hannah’s words follow her compatriots’ ability to be widescreen and personal at once, infused with an added degree of delicacy and poignancy:

“Worst Kiss is one of my favourites and is probably the newest song on the album, it was only written a few days before we went into the studio. It’s a love song. It sounds a bit like a confession to me, telling someone they’re the love of your life. It’s just about sharing stories and feeling grateful and relieved that you are where you are and you’re with who you’re with. Not kissing idiots any more.”

Departures is out on vinyl and CD on the 27th of July. Pre-orders are available here.
You can still pick up one of the last copies of their 4 song 7″ EP, Somewhere To Go, none of which feature on the new album.

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Pre-order Beneath The Hill I Smell The Sea now

10 May

Azure Blue

“Beneath The Hill I Smell The Sea” is the final chapter of an ambitious trilogy, emerging from the sombre and introspective earlier chapters of the trilogy to embrace a host of guest vocalists for this finale. In total, seven vocalists join Azure Blue on this record, including Amanda Mair, César Vidal (Caesars) and Per Magnusson (Sportsman).

This time around, Azure Blue produced the album himself over seven months in his Stockholm studio. It has a cleaner sound; it is significantly crisper and more modern than the records that precede it, incorporating textural nuances of both classic hip-hop and dance music in to the lush, analogue escapism that links all three records. Think The Go-Betweens meets Prebab Sprout, dragged kicking and screaming from the depths of New Romanticism in to 2015.

The vinyl LP comes on 12″ transparent azure coloured vinyl, in a thick reverse board sleeve and includes a download code. The CD comes neatly tucked in to a gatefold digifile card sleeve. Both are due in shops from the 15th of June.
The digital version is available worldwide from May 13th – all physical orders will get an immediate download of the digital album too!
For a limited amount of time, you can order both the new album and Azure Blue’s previous record Beyond The Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt for the bargain price of £18 for both LPs or £15 for both CDs.
Pre-order here!

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