Owen Maxwell

Features Writer / Music Reviewer

Ottawa-born-and-raised, Owen is a graduate of Carleton's Journalism program. Passionate about arts and culture Owen hosts a weekly radio show on CKCU, while also reviewing and interviewing artists from Ottawa and around the world.

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Album Reviews: July 16, 2018

Album Reviews: July 16, 2018

Florence + The Machine - High As Hope (U.K.) Throughout the years Florence Welch has continuously evolved her writing to match where she is in her life. As she sheds many of her usual metaphors for this latest album, her arrangements vary enough to both excite and occasionally underplay her music. [...]

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Album Reviews: July 9, 2018

Album Reviews: July 9, 2018

The Gorillaz - The Now Now (U.K.) Despite his collaborator heavy release last year Damon Albarn's animated band has returned as a much more solo venture this time around. Stripping things down for more focused songs, Albarn makes an album with more distinct moments than distinct sounds. With the [...]

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Album Reviews: July 2, 2018

Album Reviews: July 2, 2018

Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch (Cleveland) As Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor's music has changed, the intense and abrasive styles have taken so many shapes across the years. For his latest album however, Reznor makes something with a pop core, to let his more eccentric writing add flavour rather [...]

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Album Reviews: June 25, 2018

Album Reviews: June 25, 2018

Protomartyr - Consolation (Detroit) After their last album, Protomartryr needed to clear the chamber on their material to move forward. Though it doesn't bring the same over-arching thematic glory of their recent LP, this new record is a fierce and dynamic set of songs. Rallying cries and vicious [...]

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Album Reviews: June 18, 2018

Album Reviews: June 18, 2018

Neko Case - Hell-On (Tacoma, WA) Whether it's been alt-country or something indefinable in the world of modern folk, Neko Case has always blown audiences away. After some recent work with the New Pornographers and case/lang/veirs, Case comes out swinging with a record that has something to say. [...]

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Album Reviews: June 11, 2018

Album Reviews: June 11, 2018

Halo Maud - Je Suis Une Île (France) After her previous work with Melody's Echo Chamber, Maud Nadal has crafted her own music that fits the bill while also standing perfectly unique of anything that's come before it. With a masterful use of tone and addictive melodies, this album mixes [...]

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Album Reviews: June 4 2018

Album Reviews: June 4 2018

Peach Kelli Pop- Gentle Leader (Ottawa/Los Angeles) Given how brief Peach Kelli Pop's last EP was, it was genuinely shocking how much of a sonic push forward she made. This pays off in parts on their latest LP, where they mix a much more dynamic exploration of sound with a lot of what you expect. [...]

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Album Reviews: May 28 2018

Album Reviews: May 28 2018

Beach House- 7 (Baltimore, Maryland) After their last few albums, Beach House had reached a powerful sound while not really changing that much going forward. For 7however they are evolving once again and using all their signature sounds in ways we've never heard before. They open the record with [...]

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Album Reviews: May 21, 2018

Album Reviews: May 21, 2018

Leon Bridges - Good Thing (Fort Worth, Texas) Leon Bridges has asserted himself as a master of retro soul, but he had to start setting himself apart at some point. For his latest record the Texas songwriter blends his usual grooves with something a little more modern for a record that is smart and [...]

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Album Reviews May 14 2018

Album Reviews May 14 2018

Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer (Atlanta) Though we mentioned Kimbra last week as one of soul's greatest modern experimenters, her friend Janelle Monáe offers a completely different side of the same feel. With an album much more focused on messages, she still manages to cross genres [...]

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