The Blind Owl - Strange House

Not just the name, but this vintage blues album cover above, and the particular, slightly animalistic song by the band, reminds me of the dark, anomalous and twisted Iranian novel The Bind Owl, by Sadeq Hedayat. This seminal novel looks at obsession, madness, despair and changed the vocabulary, if you like, of Iranian literature at the time.

Aside from the obvious feel of The Doors (proto-motoric drums, dreamy guitar riffs) there's the wild-cat vocals that call to mind the sophisticatedly ferine artist Marcus Coates who performed a shamanic ritual with the prog-disco Band Chrome Hoof. Hear extracts of his live ritual and my very frank interview on Resonance104.4FM with him HERE:

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