Artist: Sarah Louise Owen
Album: Dream Catcher
Release Date: 25th November 2012
The female voice is a wondrous thing in my opinion. It can make more of even the most mundane lyrics than you could reasonably expect. Not that any of the lyrics on “Dream Catcher” are mundane – far from it – but Sarah Louise Owen has a voice that makes them resonate in your consciousness.
Though often allegorical, the songs on this album are mostly concerned with telling love’s oft told tale. That’s no bad thing, however, when you can deliver a controlled dose of heartfelt melodrama to convince the listener that all is actually of reality rather than contrived illusion and that’s exactly what Sarah Louise Owen does. On a big piano led ballad like “The Last Kiss”, for example, she demonstrates a controlled dignity in her presentation that is positively refreshing in these times of over the top Saturday night theatricality. She likewise puts not a foot wrong as she walks the Americana trail with “These Walls” where underplaying the emotions creates the very authenticity that a song such as this needs.
There are lighter, quirkier, songs too with “Fireworks” easily earning its place on your mantelpiece next to that picture of Kate Nash but it is on the songs that are destined to go large that Sarah Louise Owen really shines with “Broken Hearted World” earning its place in the spotlight. That’s why you’ve got a heart, after all.
“Dream Catcher” is the kind of album that many would class as a nice easy listen and that is by no means an insult.
by Bluesbunny.comon: 4th November 2012
On Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October, Migrations in partnership with Pontio presented Bodies in Urban Spaces, a travelling performance rediscovering the urban spaces of Bangor, Gwynedd.
The original creation of Austria’s Willie Dorner, Bodies in Urban Spaces has become a worldwide sensation. With successful tours to Paris, Vienna, Moscow, Philadelphia, Montreal and Seoul. In Bangor, over the two days, over a thousand people experienced the performance.
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How did they do that?!
A worldwide sensation which has toured Paris, Vienna and Moscow is now quite literally squeezed into Bangor.
Bodies in Urban Spaces aimed to help people experience urban architecture in a new and unique way – by squeezing into parts of the city itself.Keith Morris
I first met Peter Kraus (who you see here tearing it up back in the day) walking down the street in the early eighties. At the time he was our milkman, and because he was keen to get his round finished so he could get on with one of his adventures later in the day he…
I’m not sure quite when it happened but pop music has taken a real turn for the worse over the last decade. It is now created by committee, teams of writers and producers undertaking market research to engineer the most marketable track. It is about spending millions on a video that shows scantily clad clothes horses writhing unconvincingly…read more
Midway - a film by Chris Jordan
you know i'm pretty optimistic much of the time, but occasionally i sink. And seeing this was one of those moments. aside from the impacts of global warming / climate change and the affects that is and will continue to have on us (humans) the environment that sustains us all and the…read more
On the 12th August, 2012, the fantastic Jelili Atiku came to visit TOGYG, the artist group run by Bangor Greadigol, based at The Old Goodsyard, Treborth. Jelili inspired us all with his enthusiasm and pulled performance pieces from even the most reticent of us. A true collaboration, where each artist expressed their individuality while still remaining but one part of a group.
Branches: The Nature of Crisis is a site-specific performance created in Wepre Forest, Flintshire by choreographer Constanza Macras for National Theatre Wales. The full performance involved a three-hour walk through the woods, but on September 15th the actors stayed behind to create a new shorter ‘remix’ which was beamed to the centre of Cardiff and streamed on The Space. http://thespace.org/items/s000107e?t=jw47
Branches has…read more
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