New Jersey five-piece rock act OWEL are on the rise. After the 2013 release of their self-titled album, the band received admiration from NPR, Stereogum, and Pitchfork as well as the start of a solid fan base that will only continue to swell with their latest effort, the four song EP Every Good Boy. With similarities to the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Sigur Ros, and Death Cab for Cutie, you will not be disappointed with a band that can certainly hold their own amongst such legendary comparisons. Personally, I was struck at how much they reminded me of one of my all time favorite bands As Tall As Lions. I was pleasantly surprised to see ATAL producer Mike Watts working with the band. His influence is evident on this dreamy alternative pop gem.
“Every Good Boy Does Fine” is their lead single and probably the most radio friendly and rich sounding song on the EP. The band mixes instrumentation in unique and refreshing ways that make the listener take notice. If you listen closely, you might be able to pick up a little Ben Folds in their sound.
“Razors” is more of a mellow tune that begins with a heartbreaking key solo. This might be my favorite song for how it builds a kind of wall of sound and atmosphere that awakes dreams you didn’t realize you had. It is the perfect lullaby for a nighttime drive. This mood continues on “Flying Man” which is a hopeful mix of love and heartbreak song before ending with the perfect closer “All The World’s Asleep”.
OWEL plays to their strengths. With patience and a matured ability to write songs that all listeners can relate to, the band has found a deep sound that is accessible and stunning. Do yourself a favor and listen to Every Good Boy and then post on all of your social media outlets. The band is certainly deserving of all the great press coming their way.