‘Octopi’ is the lead single taken from Owl & Mouse’s forthcoming debut album ‘Departures’.
Owl & Mouse are led by Australian songwriter Hannah Botting, sister of Allo Darlin’ bassist Bill Botting. The release of Octopi coincides with the band’s tour of the UK and Norway, joining American label mates The Smittens.
The boldly open hearted yet delicate songs come straight out of the same school of Australian songwriting as The Go-Betweens, Triffids and Courtney Barnett, with lyrics that draw on the familiar to talk about the universal difficulties of fond farewells, baggage carousels, and missed connections.
Owl & Mouse began life as a sister act, with Hannah and Jen Botting, before expanding after recording their last EP, to include Tom Wade (We Aeronauts) and the prolific pairing of Emma Winston and Dan Mayfield (Enderby's Room, Darren Hayman's Long Parliament).
Singer and ukulele player, Hannah Botting, said: “This was one of the first songs, or bits of songs that Tom and I wrote together. He had an idea of writing a song about the end of a relationship, when you know it’s over but neither of you will say it yet. He wrote the lyrics to the ending, and told me what he thought it was about and I went away and wrote the rest. I had this image in my head of clearing out a home that you’d shared with someone, trying to make it not look like each other any more.”