The first time I heard Owl of the Swamp, my friend and I were driving late at night down Sydney Road. Tricks and Turns began playing on the radio, and we found ourselves lulled into a warm sleepy daze by the beautiful folk melody. Wanting to hear more, I immediately wrote his name down on the back of my hand. I’m glad I did.
Melbourne based artist Pete Uhlenbruc’s wonderfully genuine lyrics coupled with acoustic guitar, create a mellow and entrancing sound. His musical style has been likened to that of Nick Drake and Bon Iver, with a mixture of folk, indie and roots. Owl of the Swamp is one of those artists that you are amazed more people don’t know about.
His self recorded second album Go with River was released earlier this month and has been circulating on JJJ Unearthed. It was produced over a 5-week solitary stint in the small seaside village Inverloch, which is reflected in the albums deeply personal feel. It is truly one of the loveliest and most captivating albums I have heard this year.
Owl of the Swamp will soon be embarking on a tour of Europe to promote the new album, but you can catch him at one of his upcoming Melbourne Shows
East Brunswick Club
Or you can stream and buy the full album here