“deeply thoughtful and moving album of dirt caked desert noir…” **** Mojo
“more intoxicatng than the most treacherous of mezcals…” **** Rolling Stone (France)
“beguiling desert noir… as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon” 8/10 – Uncut Magazine
“a mystical musical adventure… a dreamy dramatic affair” **** Record Collector Magazine
“a glorious transatlantic collaboration with border rockers Calexico” **** Scotsman
” a magnificent release” – Rocking Magpie
” extraordinarily great…” – Blabber n Smoke
“adventurous, atmospheric, thoughtful and downright exceptional….” – FATEA
Long awaited, much anticipated release by Dean Owens, recorded at WaveLab Studios (Tucson,AZ) with musicians from iconic desert noir/Latin rockers, Calexico.
Sinner’s Shrine is the latest stop on a lifetime’s journey – from the post industrial heartlands of Scotland to the untrammelled wide-open vistas of the American Southwest – as Dean surrenders to the intoxicating sounds of the US desert states, an area which has long captured his heart.
Themes of love and lust, sinners and saints, the displaced, the wanderers and the border ghosts run through the album (Owens’ 8th (official) solo release) like the desert sands.
Joey Burns (Calexico): “There’s something to be said for chance meetings of musicians when they travel, and the story behind Sinner’s Shrine goes deep into the heart of what happens when there is openness in both sides to share and connect. One of the standout moments for me working on this album was finding out how well Dean’s and my vocal blended. It reminded me that the world is small and that our link through music, regardless of our background, highlights the fact that we are all more closely related and that these bonds are still good medicine for these times”