Owen: I Do Perceive

Owen
I Do Perceive
(Polyvinyl)

I Do Perceive is Owen’s third full-length, and it’s no disappointment. While Mike Kinsella remains intent on involving himself in every aspect of his music, he’s brought cousin Nate on board to engineer this one. The two really do a brilliant job, mastering the marriage of acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, and drum beats that loop and weaves between Owen’s distinguished storytelling.

Track one takes us through the disappointment that follows a lover’s betrayal. Its intimacy derives from the very personal calling out of a lover’s disloyalty, and documents the most intricate of details encompassing the tune’s title: “who found who’s hair in who’s bed / I’ll tell you that it
told me more of you than you did.”

Check out “Note to Self” – Only a look at the album’s jacket serves as a reminder that the lyrics are just that. And “Put Your Hands on Me, My Love” juxtaposes itself nicely against the backdrop of the disappointment enveloped in the album.

Kinsella easily conveys the depths of often implicated emotions through all eight tracks, and even brings romanticism to passion-filled curse words that traditionally serve as a lashing-out. The sincerity behind Kinsella’s writing, simply put, and leaves us craving more. It’s not that there’s a sort of sadistic joy derived from his pain, but rather the conception of a newfound respect for the human heart. And frankly, the lyrics that are so characteristic of Owen are ones that us normal folk undoubtedly have within our souls, but rarely can express.

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