Posted by: will | February 21, 2007

Mezzanine Owls…

Mezzaine Owls “Slingshot Echoes” (Self-Released)


Mezzanine Owls hail from Los Angeles, CA but you would never guess that from the band’s sound. The band plays dreamy, shoegazy indie rock that sounds, oddly enough, like it has a little southern charm to it. Perhaps that comes from the fact that the album was actually recorded in Athens, GA by Andy LeMaster who has produced bands like Bright Eyes and Drive-By Truckers. Whatever the case, Slingshot Echoes is a fantastic debut album for the band.

On Slingshot Echoes, Mezzanine Owls sounds incredibly mature for a band still in their infancy. Vocalist Jack Burnside recalls a softer, less dramatic Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes. The band is certainly adept in composition as all the songs here feel warm and inviting. The music accompanies the sly vocals of Burnside rather nicely. Mezzanine Owls sound so familiar, yet unique in their own right. Slingshot Echoes should be commended for its uniformity. All the songs on the album feel like they are a small piece of a much bigger picture.

Mezzanine Owls have put out a quiet stunner of a debut here. Pulling equally from brit-rock, alt-country and the shoegazing scene, the band has taken their varied influences and made them into a sound all their own. Slingshot Echoes proves the sky is the limit for the Mezzanine Owls.

RIYL: Ride, Bright Eyes, Yo La Tengo


Mezzanine Owls – Lightbulb (mp3)



  1. i’m going to see these folks later this month…. and i definitely think they’re dope. good work, will.

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