|Origin||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Labels||Secret City Records|
Prior to forming the duo, Simon Angell was a guitarist in Patrick Watson's band, while Erika Angell was based in Sweden, where she led bands Josef & Erika and The Moth and was backup vocalist for Loney, Dear.
Thus Owls formed as a four piece in 2007 when Erika Angell began collaborating with drummer Ola Hultgren, bassist Martin Höper and pianist Cecilia Persson. She met Montrealer Simon Angell while they were both on tour in Amsterdam the same year and he joined the group.
The band released Cardiac Malformations in 2009. Cardiac Malformations was recorded by Oskar Lindberg during five days in the Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg, Sweden. The band toured frequently over the next two years in support of the album, mainly in Europe and parts of North America, playing with such bands as Patrick Watson, Karkwa and Little Dragon. Simon Angell was also a contributor on Piano mal, the 2012 debut album by Julien Sagot.
Erika and Simon Angell subsequently moved to Montreal, and enlisted local drummer Stef Schneider and keyboard player Parker Shper to round out the permanent lineup alongside bassist Morgan Moore. Their third album, Turning Rocks, was released in 2014 on Secret City Records, and was a longlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.
In 2017, the band performed in a Leonard Cohen tribute concert in Montreal. In 2018 they released their fourth album, The Mountain That We Live Upon. The Angells were accompanied on the album by guest musicians Laurel Sprengelmeyer, Nicolas Basque, Michael Feuerstack, Marc-André Landry and Jason Sharp.
- Cardiac Malformations (2009)
- Harbours (2011)
- Turning Rocks (2014)
- Black Matter (EP) (2015)
- The Mountain That We Live Upon (2018)
- Who Would Hold You If the Sky Betrayed Us? (2022)
- Ben Rayner, "Thus Owls is the ‘must-see’ band at North by Northeast". Toronto Star, June 17, 2014.
- Charles Curkin, "Turning Over a New Rock". W Magazine, April 7, 2014.
- Émilie Côté, "Julien Sagot: musicien libre". La Presse, January 28, 2012.
- Charles Curkin, "Turning Over a New Rock". W Magazine, April 7, 2014
- "Polaris Music Prize announces 2014 long list" Archived 2014-07-03 at the Wayback Machine. Aux, June 19, 2014.
- "Lorde, Liam and more: our favourite Montreal concerts of 2017". Montreal Gazette. December 27, 2017.
- Scott A. Gray, "Thus Owls The Mountain That We Live Upon". Exclaim!, September 28, 2018.
- Sophie Chartier, "The Mountain That We Live Upon, Thus Owls". Le Devoir, September 28, 2018.
- "Thus Owls: trésor... encore caché". La Presse, October 2, 2018.
- Brent Furdyk, "2022 Canadian Screen Award Nominees Announced, ‘Sort Of’ & ‘Scarborough’ Lead The Pack". ET Canada, February 15, 2022.