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Owl & Mouse was born as the solo project of Australian singer-songwriter Hannah Botting. After moving to London in 2008, Hannah taught herself to play the ukulele, and began writing vulnerable yet open-hearted folk-tinged songs.
In early 2011, Hannah released her first solo EP on Haircut Records. A short while later, she began to form a more permanent, pop-oriented backing band, and now performs with her sister Jen Botting on backing vocals, Tom Wade on bass, and Emma Winston on keyboards. Owl & Mouseʼs first release was a split single on Hangover Lounge Records with the track Canvas Bags.
Somewhere To Go is the first full EP from Owl & Mouse. Beautiful harmonies and gentle melodies float throughout the 4 tracks of love and heartbreak. At its simplest, Don & Anna is a tender ode to platonic love between Mad Menʼs Don and Anna Draper, while Donʼt Read The Classics battles through an emotional rollercoaster of trust and subsequent disillusionment. Missing her family and friends back in Australia, Hannah wrote Western Skies for Tom to sing; her sense of hopelessness and loneliness displaced and sung back to her.
The EP was recorded in Soup Studios with Giles Barrett [Tigercats], one sunny day in the summer of 2013. Terrible Things was written in the studio while Emma battled synth failure, eventually switching to the warm analogue of the studioʼs Wurlitzer for these recordings. Emma can also be found as part of Enderbyʼs Room and Darren Haymanʼs band; Tom also plays with We Aeronauts. Allo Darlinʼs Paul Rains designed the artwork for the EP.
“Thereʼs a tone in [Hannah’s] voice thatʼs both tender and vulnerable and reminds you of Allo Darlinʼs Elizabeth Morris – and she also plays the ukulele. Her songs might be small and pretty (especially ʻStreetlightsʼ) but theyʼre bold too; one fillets the best bits of New Orderʼs ʻTemptationʼ while another hymns the delights of Mariah Carey and Jens Lekman.”
“their tender track Sandwich Day was the perfect way to showcase Bottingʼs intimate, beautiful vocal style”
Neon Filler [Ten To Watch in 2013]
“Owl And Mouse is the nom du indiepop of Hannah Botting, sister of Allo Darlinʼs celebratedly moustachioed bassist Bill. EP One is unvarnished low-key and lovingly heartaching” Sweeping The Nation