Release Date: Sep 13, 2011
Record label: Thrill Jockey
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
In five years, San Francisco's Barn Owl have amassed a nearly prolific catalog in a variety of formats: singles and EPs, limited-edition CD-Rs and cassettes, as well as standard LPs and CDs. Lost in the Glare marks their second album for Thrill Jockey and eighth overall; it follows the TJ 12" EP Shadowland released earlier this year and, like it, was recorded at San Francisco's Lucky Cat by engineer Phil Manley. While Barn Owl have always pursued their own kosmiche aesthetic, guitarists Jon Porras and Evan Caminiti have built upon it subtly over the years.
The barn owl has long been a source for homespun mythology. The nocturnal bird of prey is one of the most widespread species of owl and yet one of the most mysterious. It doesn’t hoot but screeches. Its heart-shaped visage differentiates it from much of its more sinister-looking brethren, but it retains a pervasive eeriness.