Build Your Beast a Fire

Build Your Beast a Fire is the second studio album by the American psychedelic rock band Weird Owl, released on July 26, 2011 by Tee Pee Records.[1] The album was released following their 2009 album Ever the Silver Cord Be Loosed.

Build Your Beast a Fire
Weird Owl - Build Your Beast a Fire (2011) cover art.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 26, 2011 (2011-07-26)
GenrePsychedelic rock
LabelTee Pee Records
Weird Owl chronology
Ever the Silver Cord Be Loosed
Build Your Beast a Fire


The initial recording of the album was completed at Verdant Studio in Vermont with Justin Pizzoferrato, followed by further recording and mixing at the Drawing Room in Kingston, New York with Justin Rice.[2][3] Trevor Tyrrell, guitarist and lead vocalist for Weird Owl, when asked about lyrical inspirations for the album, stated that "While the lyrics do bear some allusion to certain occult practices, I also feel a kinship on a visceral and primordial level: the act of watching fire and rejoicing in both its creative and destructive power. The manner of singing resembles a chant that might be heard at some sort of shamanistic rite held on the moon long ago."[4] Tyrrell said this of the album overall:

The album is part magical, part scientific; part futuristic, part ancient; part muscular, part psychological; part heavenly and part terrestrial. It dwells perfectly in a universe of its own creation.[5]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
The A.V. ClubB+[6]

Steven Hyden of The A.V. Club gave the album a positive review, writing that the album's songs were "tighter and more melodic" than those of Weird Owl's previous endeavors, noting that Build Your Beast a Fire "[takes] cues from Hawkwind, early Pink Floyd, and Deep Purple's 'Space Truckin''", and stating that it gives Weird Owl's "psychedelic explorations a newfound sense of purpose".[6] Julian Woolsey of the website Rock Edition wrote that the album "flows like a classic Floyd or Spirit album, with alchemical themes, pastoral interludes, synthesizer experiments, and explosions of rock".[7]

Christopher Weingarten of The Village Voice wrote that the album "has a cosmic lilt and smoky churn, somewhere between ritual and choogle".[4]

Track listingEdit

1."No Time Nor No Space"1:13
2."Up From The Root"3:47
3."Straj Proj"3:53
4."Tiny Sleeping Animals"1:41
5."Mirrors In The Mud"5:13
6."Parallax Eyes"3:48
7."Build Your Beast A Fire II"0:49
8."Saucer-Shaped Shadow"2:12
9."Skin The Dawn"4:34
10."Two-Headed Brother"3:36
11."Horn Antler Tusk"1:10
12."Mountains On Top Of Buried Stars"5:37
13."Space Bolero"1:05
14."What We See What We Know"1:37
15."Build Your Beast A Fire I"2:11
Total length:42:26



  1. ^ "Build Your Beast a Fire - Weird Owl". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  2. ^ Breznikar, Klemen (February 26, 2012). "Weird Owl interview". It's Psychedelic Baby! Magazine. Archived from the original on September 18, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  3. ^ "Weird Owl". Tee Pee Records. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b Christopher Weingarten (23 June 2011). "Download: Weird Owl's Riff-Heavy Psych Journey "Build Your Beast A Fire I"". The Village Voice. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Weird Owl - Build Your Beast a Fire". Tee Pee Records. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  6. ^ a b Steven Hyden (26 July 2011). "Weird Owl: Build Your Beast A Fire". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  7. ^ Julian Woolsey (28 July 2011). "Track-by-Track: Weird Owl - 'Build Your Beast a Fire'". Rock Edition. Retrieved 15 May 2017.