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Wake Owl w/ Mimicking Birds 

When: Tue., May 6 2014
Price: $10/adv., $12/door
country, roots, 9:30 p.m.

When Colyn Cameron released his first EP, Wild Country, under the Wake Owl moniker at the start of 2013, the simple, stripped-down folk and Americana release was a sign that an intriguing new singer-songwriter was edging his way into the music scene’s consciousness. Fast forward a year and Cameron’s full-length album The Private World of Paradise wastes little time deciding to go in a very different direction. Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on your perspective, of course, but Cameron gets kudos for exploring different sounds. A number of the tracks have a warm ’70s-era rock feel to them (“Candy”), feature lots of reverb, and are led by Cameron’s sometimes droning vocals that sound like they were recorded at the end of a long hallway (“Letters”). But it is the ’80s-sounding “Desert Flowers” — with synths and a beat machine leading the way — that lets you know just how far Cameron is willing to let his creative impulses wander. It might not be for everyone, and fans of Wild Country might be let down, but there is something to be said for an artist who is willing to throw caution to the wind. —Brian Palmer TUESDAY


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