Ft. Worth, Texas based troubadour Garrett Owen’s new LP ‘Quiet Lives’ will drop on September 18th. The lead single is called ‘These Modern Times’, which is about our addiction to technology. Garrett plays up the contrast of old and new with a finger-picked intro and bridges and synth-y verses/choruses.
“The chorus was the first part I wrote,” said Garrett. ”I just started singing in a stream of consciousness and ‘here in these modern times, it’s magical, oh so sad,’ etc. came out,” he says. “I’d been feeling weird about how much we do on our phones all day. Tinder, ordering food, Facebook, texting, GPS, was driving me nuts. I came up with the rest of the verses after spending a lot of time on this little sliver of the Brazos that some friends took me to. I started going there on my own once a week to just walk through the river for a couple of hours, swim by myself, and watch hawks circling for food.”
Garrett has quite a story; the son of a missionary, he grew up in Africa with backyard wildlife we have to pay admission to see. When his family decided to move back to the States, Garrett struggled to integrate into a society and culture he didn’t understand and didn’t fit into, and he nearly lost his life amidst the pain. But, music has always been his source of life, and he’s here to show us his powerful observations through his creatively quirky lyrical style, golden vocals, and masterful fretwork.
‘These Modern Times’ is folk, Americana, with a tinge of glam. A dusty prelude to a life of what could be, the soulful fulfillment offered by the single, is where Garrett is – as a person and light. A man of integrity, the song demonstrates for the public the charming vocals and intermittent hegemony of loving diatribes, perfectly intersecting along the path that is both malleable and cemented.
Consuming and embracing in one man’s experience.
Garrett’s song writing is top-shelf. Deep and mahogany, it transgresses where you’d stood – reminding you of a past life, but connecting at the most solace and peaceful.
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