Some songs trigger memories. Owen Davies creates them. Between the inviting ambient echoes of his guitar and confessional lyrics on longing for love and escape, Davies crafts stories so vivid and familiar you begin to question if they’re yours. It’s not surprising hearing him feels as intimate as bedroom conversation with your conscience – that’s his songwriting method of choice.
His rich voice with a shot of rasp may beg comparison to Dylan, but Davies’ place in the singer-songwriter tradition of folk is hardly traditional. On his debut album Mystic, his lyrics both follow and parody the genre’s fascination with escapism. Creating with friend and producer, Jeff D. Elliott, Mystic is an experiment in cross-genre. Applying electronic percussion to fundamentally folk songs, Davies cultivates a fresh modern sound that still sounds familiar. Davies plays electric guitar to electronic percussion, acoustic guitar to salad bowl percussion, and piano to oral percussion, drawing upon friend and cellist David Lewis to contribute strings.
Davies first made his mark on Canada’s music scene fronting James & Blackburn. The indie-rock trio released their first album Island Universe to critical acclaim in 2012, including a five-star review from Examiner.com, followed by showcases at Canadian Music Week, Indie Week, NXNE and Ottawa Bluesfest.