Nearly four years after their debut EP, Owen Meany’s Batting Stance (OMBS) returns with Feather Weights on Friday, October 2nd. Owen Meany’s Batting Stance is the moniker of Halifax via Guelph singer-songwriter Daniel Walker.
Teeming with a healthy dose of influence from artists such as The Weakerthans, Neko Case, The Mountain Goats, and Jenny Lewis, the Feather Weights LP delivers eight singularly voiced short stories that describe the everyday with carefully chosen adjectives, deep insight, and thoughtful perspective.
Feather Weights opens with “The Androgynous Hockey Stick,” a mediation on toxic masculinity; follows the band on tour in “Krakow,” where Walker laments the harsh beauty of the road while carrying “a bag containing homesickness”; spins a fable steeped in religion and organ on “Empty Vespers” and ends in the middle of a breakup on “Breakfast Again,” where the album’s thesis statement closes the whole thing out.
Recorded above a fishmonger’s shop in the north end of Halifax with producer Palmer Jamieson (Beauts, Devarrow), Feather Weights boasts the OMBS live band—bassist Cailen Alcorn Pygott and keyboardist Siobhan Martin—as well as a host of top-tier Halifax musicians, including drummer Michael Belyea, vocalists Kim Harris and Emilee Sorrey, and trumpeter Daniel Ledwell. Together they carry out Walker’s off-kilter song structures, dynamic and intense, sometimes swelling with fervour, others delicate as a whisper. The soft chords of folk pushed into the angles of indie rock, crammed with meticulously crafted couplets that invite repeated, endlessly revealing listens.
Following two preview singles for Feather Weighs, “He(art) Attack” and “The Androgynous Hockey Stick,” “Breakfast Again” is available on digital platforms now.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.