Montreal’s indie/folk/country duo The Night Owls released their eponymous debut album at the end of May, and it is, as one might imagine from the description indie/folk/country quite a varied mix of music. Add in that one half of the duo is Simon Arsenault who is a professional musician who performs as a session player for a variety of artists, and studied classical music, jazz and electro-acoustic at the Cegep Saint-Laurent, Université de Montreal and at UQAM. He also played in the prog-rock band Innerspace. And then consider that the other half of the duo is Marianne Bourgeois who is a self-taught singer-songwriter who has started taking music more seriously over the past few years. She studied cinema and psychology, but has always written songs and poetry. For the past two years she’s been honing in on her own sound and taking singing lessons.
On this song we’re much closer to what we might recognise as Americana, but there’s a bit of a flash of guitar soloing later on. It’s a ballad extolling the virtues of the one who makes everything safe, metaphorically acting as the guide to home.