I learned about the one-man sci-fi doom project of New Hampshire’s Timothy Lang-Grannan a couple years ago via WFMU’s blog, where Lang-Grannan is quoted as saying, “People tell me my music sounds like a combination of Vangelis and Burzum.” This particular track, from the 2010 album VI, sounds pretty evil, but only if the notion of evil were conceived in the mind of a Muppet. See for instance whatever the hell happens at 2:05.

You can listen to Enslaved by Owls’ entire discography at Bandcamp, and versions of the first three albums are available free via the Internet Archive.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.