Everyone’s got their own ideas of what contemporary folk should sound like. For some it’s the relentless banjo stomp of Mumford & Sons, for some the twee faux-South drawl of She & Him and for others it’s the tranquil, harmonious sound of The Staves. Not content to be labelled folk, Americana or country, UK four piece Scowlin’ Owl are forging their own path, impressing as they go.

It’s hard to believe that such an accomplished sounding act have been around for just under two years. Having cut their teeth on the London folk scene, they’ve also notched up several festival appearances.

‘These Strange Companions’ is the much anticipated debut release featuring the trademark storytelling of main songwriter Nina Lovelace. Whilst sounding for all the world like bittersweet laments of loss, there are no straightforward tales of love and heartache here. Instead you’ll hear stories of tsunamis, Japanese movie stars and inter-dimensional travel!

If you’re a fan of The Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Fleet Foxes or Midlake you’d be a fool not to pre-order this before it’s official release on Strange Records on November 23rd.