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I finally had an opportunity to absorb Wake Owl’s debut album, The Private World of Paradise, and am still trying to wrap my head around what a huge leap forward (and in a completely different direction) the soft rock album is from the backwoods, folksy Wild Country EP released over two years ago.  The song that caught my attention the most and has been trapped inside my head for days is the exotic, Middle Eastern influenced “Desert Flowers.”  The winding, hypnotic guitar riff opens up the track and then fades while Colyn Cameron calmly whispers over synths that seem to ebb and flow forever.  At just two and a half minutes, “Desert Flowers” is painfully brief, leaving us clamoring for more.  I’m assuming that was WO’s plan all along.  Enjoy.

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