It feels almost disrespectful to feature Owen Moore in one of our ‘Introducing…’ pieces, given that this is a Country singer-songwriter with a wealth of experience. A well-known performer in Country music venues in the South of England, based in Dorset, he has heard his songs played on Country radio across Europe, as well as in the US and even as far afield as Australia. The added charm to Owen is the fact that he is not averse to hitting the streets and performing as a street busker (weather permitting, he admits!), all through the love of performing his music. However, I will confess that he was a new name to me and the same may be the case to some of you, hence the necessary introduction.
In recent years Owen has released three albums of original material, 2010’s ‘Windswept Songs On A Broken Guitar’ was followed the next year by ‘Rainy Days Songs’ and then in 2013 ‘Simplicated Songs’ was released. Even in the titles of his albums you can spot the theme, with the emphasis on songs, the craft of writing these Moore has clearly taken time to hone. This year saw the debut of a fourth album ‘Short Songs From Thin Air’, which deserves additional praise for one of the finest titles to come this way in a long time. In the wonderfully friendly press release received from Owen himself, he reveals that the new album ‘has taken me forever to get it all finished‘. Little wonder when looking through the credits on the CD you can see that Moore not only wrote all of the songs, he also arranged and produced the album. Oh and did I mention that he also contributed all of the vocals and played all instruments, whilst seemingly in his spare time he also handled the photography & design of the album?!
‘Short Songs From Thin Air’ is a thoroughly enjoyable collection of songs and one that will make you feel infinitely better about the world after listening to it. There is a wonderfully laidback and easy-going feeling to the album, with its’ innocent tales of love affairs past and present and slick but pleasingly simply production. Breezy opener ‘Walking With That Girl Of Mine’ sets the mood immediately, with its’ tenderly lilting melody and lyrics describing how life is immeasurably better with that special someone. ‘Caught Up In Love’, ‘All My Life’ & ‘Lovers In Love’ all share similar subject matter, ‘All My Life’ is a slower track featuring some gorgeous guitar playing. ‘Floating Away Into The Blue’ tells the story of the white balloon which can be seen on the album cover and is an absorbing, gentle toe-tapper.
The gloriously Spanish-flavoured ‘Rosanna del Rey’ proves to be a wonderful centrepiece of the album, with echoes of Marty Robbins (for those of you old enough to appreciate that comparison). Moore recalls the week spent with the titular lady and how the two ‘turned up the music and we burned up the light‘ during four compelling minutes of musical storytelling. All of the other tracks on this latest album from Moore have their own merits and are more than worthy of your attention, by the time that intriguingly conflicted closing track ‘A Beautiful Day’ brings the CD to a close you will be sorely tempted to search out his earlier work.
‘Short Songs From Thin Air’ is available from Amazon, whilst his earlier albums can be found on iTunes UK, as can ‘Bar Rooms, Back Rooms and October Songs’ a live album released earlier this year. The UK Country scene relies on artists such as Owen Moore, willing to work tirelessly and pour their heart & soul into their music. Artists who respect the genre and the singers & songwriters who preceded them, and hold dear the most important thing there is…the song.