Owl & Penny: Fever Dreams
Osterman's folk-tinged indie rock smacks of one of his admitted favorite artists, Ryan Adams.There's also a hint of Bright Eyes-era Conor Oberst and just a splash of Josh Rouse. These are all pretty mellow dudes, making Osterman's Fever Dreams album -- an EP expanded from its original five tracks to a hefty nine -- a rather toned down, sincere effort.
Best Song: There are actually about three I could choose for this. I'll go with "I Am the Floorboards." It's jangly and stripped-down, yet it's the chorus that cements the entire effort. Osterman has a lot to do, and he wants you to come along when he pines, "C'mon, c'mon, c'mon / We've got a lot to do." Sounds simple? Well, it is. It's what Osterman does with that simplicity -- how he fleshes it out -- that makes the song such a solid effort. Bonus points for nailing a falsetto, too -- that stuff is difficult to do, especially with Osterman's subdued, indie/folk singing style.
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