LP.8, a nine-track album, was created in the afternoon of Owens’ sophomore album, Inner Song, in the early days of the pandemic. Facing the sudden realization that her world tour could no longer go ahead, and keen to make use of her untapped creative energy, Owens made the spontaneous decision to go to Oslo, Norway for some undisturbed studio time. There she spent time in the studio with Lasse Marhaug, known for his work with Merzbow, and Jenny Hval.
Together, Owens and Marhaug envisioned making music somewhere in between Throbbing Gristle and Enya, artists who have had an enduring impact on Owens. In doing so, they paired tough, industrial sounds with ethereal Celtic mysticism, creating music that “ebbs and flows between tension and release,” we’re told. One month later, Owens called Smalltown Supertown to tell them she had created something of an outlier “an album that will ripple infinitely with me personally.”
06. Nana Piano
09. Sonic 8
LP.8 is scheduled for April 29 release. Meanwhile, you can stream “Sonic 8” and “Olga” in full below and pre-order here.