Owls and Pinecones by Kupla

Owls and Pinecones by Kupla

Owls and Pinecones is 10 tracks long, and filled with field recordings, deep kicks, and clarinet euphony.

Owls and Pinecones by Kupla

Owls and Pinecones is 10 tracks long, and filled with field recordings, deep kicks, and clarinet euphony.
Kupla
Owls and Pinecones
7.4
overlooked instrumentals

UK-based artist Kupla has produced one of their most intrinsic projects yet, Owls and Pinecones. This prolific and experimental artist has released a surprising amount of music, considering they released their first EP in 2014. With 586K monthly listeners on Spotify, Kupla definitely isn’t going unnoticed, however it also seems to fly under the radar.

Owls and Pinecones is 10 tracks long, and with field recordings, deep kicks, and clarinet euphony, it takes the listener to someplace else. It delivers instrumental ambrosia that rivals Explosions In The Sky, but with a subtle hip-hop undertone. One of the snafus I ran into while listening to instrumentals was a tendency to be slightly overzealous in length. Kupla seems to understand that brevity can produce a feeling of eloquence, and now I’m paraphrasing Cicero, which makes me seem like an uppity asshat -- truth be told, I like this particular version of myself.

Kupla’s piano sets the stage, and the drawn-out vocals combined with the French accordion makes the track “Apila” a standout on this project. Two other tracks that are my personal favorites are “Alone in the World” and “Metamorphosis.” The field recordings of birds and running water on “Metamorphosis” would make anyone slip into one of their better memories -- while faking a smile at work with little to no ambition to perform a mundane task. Give Owls and Pinecones a listen on Spotify, Apple Music, and Soundcloud (if Soundcloud exists by the time this review is out). Enjoy, peeps!