Owl & Penny
Layering intricate acoustic fingering, intertwined with oftentimes haunting lyrical imagery and falsetto vocal harmonies that cascade and soar like ghosts through a fog, Ryan Osterman (Owl & Penny) has created a setting of mystery, nostalgia, and feral nature in his music. References of the forest and animal-like spirits along with the almost pulmonary pounding of large drums, marching through gravel, clapping and buckets (and sometimes, even more odds and ends); it becomes difficult to not feel carried into the lands he describes within his music.
Currently finishing his 3rd release 'Milk & Sugar,' due out on The Color Group late summer 2012, Osterman is perpetually evolving further away from his minimal folk-like origin and into something much more dark and colossal. Yet through the shadows, there is still a profound glimmer of hope shining through the branches with songs like "Acorn" and "Jules" that are solidified by strong instrumentation and devastatingly beautiful orchestral arrangements.
Drawing inspiration from artists like Sigur Rós, The Tallest Man On Earth and Gregory & the Hawk, 22 year old Osterman has been performing since early 2006 and has self-released many demos and samples prior to and in between the releases of his first two albums (Stolen Silver and Fever Dreams) on River Jones Music. Although he is young, do not let this dissuade your impression; Owl & Penny will surely leave you immersed inside a world of anthropomorphized nature and dreamlike qualities that will resonate between the walls of your heart and mind over and over.