Freak Owls is sweet-voiced Brooklynite Josh Ricchio, who pens songs that sparkle and hum with the quiet fluidity of a poet. Songs unfold in layered harmonies, with novelty in the details of each sound and melody. Ricchio is quite a few rungs up beyond the ordinary urban singer/songwriter. His bittersweet tales are kept fresh with an unpredictable edge and sense of wonder, along the lines of Flaming Lips or Death Cab For Cutie. His cover of Nick Drake’s “Place to Be”, sung with vocalist Kerry Beach is just one charmer amidst an album that manages to be both refined and spontaneous. (Sing Engine Records/a Sonicbids pick) –Celine

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