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Owls of the Swamp

Mysterious, haunting, bewitching, mesmerizing; these are terms typically used to describe the indie-folk music of Owls of the Swamp, the moniker of Australian born (Iceland based) songwriter and musician, Pete Uhlenbruch.

His forthcoming EP (titled Meteorite and due for release in late 2016) explores deep and personal territory, and was written in the aftermath of a transformative adventure to the jungles of Peru following an inner calling to work with the potent visionary plant medicine, Ayahuasca. The resulting EP exhibits both a sense of raw vulnerability and matured self-assurance whilst creatively examining Uhlenbruch’s mind-expanding experiences of the soul, the impermanence of physicality, facing one’s shadows and recognizing the value of self-care.

You can hear the sense of adventure on Meteorite, both in his matured and strengthened vocal range and in his dynamic song arrangements, which explore new vistas of electronic rhythm programming, cascading synthesizers and sheets of live acoustic and electric guitar layering. The EP was mixed by Stefan Orn Gunnlaugson, who applied a range of creative mixing techniques (involving plenty of innovative re-amping) to help craft the boldest, most energetic and liberated sound of Uhlenbruch’s catalogue to date.

Owls of the Swamp’s previous album releases (Smoky Bay - 2007, Go with River – 2011 and ATLAS – 2014) characterized by intricate guitar picking, assuring vocals and ambient textures have attracted Uhlenbruch plenty of attention over the years within the indie-folk scene with coverage from outlets including Paste Magazine, AllMusic, Magnet, NBHAP, American Songwriter and Indie Shuffle to name just a few. Uhlenbruch continues to bring his intimate ‘Owls of the Swamp’ live show to growing audiences across Australia, Europe and Scandinavia.

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"You need only to listen to the first few seconds of “Shapeshifter” realize the name is aptly chosen. The song is quiet and pensive, and almost eerily still." [4/10/2014]

Wondering Sound

“Every step of the way is an engrossing and bewitching progression, unshakeable stops along a journey through an irresistible sophomore record” 


On "Garden": "A magical, dreamy track." [2/17/2014]

Hugh McClure - Indie Shuffle

"Ethereal folk" [4/11/2014]

The Mad Mackerel

The first single off the coming album, “The Hypnotist” sees a slightly new direction for Uhlenbruch with the introduction of synth layering. Still containing the delicate finger-picking he’s become known for, he’s moved away from the classic-folk style, giving him a fuller, more complete sound. [Featuring] some spectacular backing vocals from Markéta Irglová, whose ghostly tones provide the perfect contrast for Uhlenbruch’s earthy voice." [4/08/2013]

Hugh McClure - Indie Shuffle
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