ALMOST OWEN, “From The Outside”
Boston’s Almost Owen is definitely one of the new talents of 2019 to whom you should pay attention. While he’s an indie singer/songwriter and bedroom producer, with entertaining stories like “From The Outside” signalling why his music might be meant for more than that. Every song he releases is distinctly different yet quite recognizable as Almost Owen. I’m still digging his fun, brief and in-your-face “We Out Here”, which is an interesting contrast to “From The Outside”, a song that seems to take a lot of cues from late 70’s AM radio pop – taking me back to Kenny Nolan’s “I Like Dreaming” for story, and Starbuck’s “Moonlight Feels Right” for melody – as well as classic performers like his mentor Paul Simon and James Taylor. Almost Owen creates fresh slices of life carried by lovely melodies and infectious rhythms, and “From The Outside” puts him another notch ahead.