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The Owl Of Fives

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Strangely minimal, weird and earthy, skewed folk music from a country that never existed by one-third of Volcano The Bear. As an album, it’s pretty difficult to pin down. Padden uses traditional folk structures as the basis for many of songs here. But other esoteric influences are at work here as well: Southeast Asian traditional music, acoustic jazz flourishes, perhaps even the mystical minimalism of Terry Riley, combining a strange and beautiful amalgam of (mostly) wordless vocals, stumbling piano, scurrying cello, mournful kazoo interludes, deranged waltzes, and stuff that’s totally unidentifiable with his wayward outsider music.