Session Date: October 5th, 2014
In 2009 the sounds that would become the music of Ghost Owl first began to take shape inside the bedroom studio of bassist Adam Perry under the guise of a pet project he entitled Elephant Zaio Sunrise. At the time, Adam was in a decade long musical partnership with a successful, and year-round nationally-touring band. All was not well. The band’s self-destruction became not a matter of if, but when. But as the the sun began to set on his former band, Sunrise came into focus.
By 2013 the vignettes had become songs and there was a new direction that was fusing many modern influences into the material. There were signs of epic post-rock, experimental indie rock, and electro-pop. It was psychedelic, anthemic, atmospheric, and simultaneously dance floor ready. Adam enlisted the help of two of his bandmates, Matt McDonald and Albert Suttle, and together they crafted a technology-driven live show that integrated live visual projections and multi-layered sonics into mind-bending and emotive musical experience. They named it Ghost Owl.
But this was just a warm-up. In the summer they started work on composing a full length album; and by the fall had entered the recording studio with producer Newton Carter and engineer Richard Salino in Athens, Georgia. The raw power of the material was then distilled into something even more potent. The song-craft came to the foreground; and during the bitter cold winter of 2013, the record and the band found its voice. The result is Say Goodbye to Finland. An astonishing debut album that conveys both a sense of loss and of hopeful renewal. This is how Ghost Owl begins…