oOoOO
oOoOO


4.0
excellent

Review

by fromtheinside USER (130 Reviews)
September 29th, 2010 | 134 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: coming to a sexy haunted house near you

oOoOO is something of a mystery. She or it or they or whoever is creating this lo-fi haunted house abstraction may just be a genius. Coming at an awkward time I expect comparisons to recent phenomenon How To Dress Well. The merits are there but the approach is different. oOoOO is creating symphonic horror with exquisite undertones providing a delicate balance between intimacy and remoteness. While she’s busy soothing your soul with psychedelic jazz progressions she simultaneously cools the heart with a voice more hollow than the ghost she lives through.

She’s able to grasp some real meaty substance with her debut self-titled EP. For starters she’s cleverly adapted hooks that feel ripped out a page from the 1980’s r&b recipe booklet; ripe with thick grooves and samples that weave in everything from techno to drone. This isn’t a difficult concept to understand as “Sedsumting” repeats “sound, sound, sound, sound…” ultimately conveying the effervescent goal. Whether that goal is achieved with screeching synthesizers gliding serenely across tracks, like a majority of oOoOO employs, or the utilization of more physical instruments both drum and guitar – see the sleek “Hearts”, which provide a rugged backdrop for her voice to soar over. Even then the focus isn’t solely on her as much as the sounds being created. If she’s not storming to and fro woefully with her voice she’s allowing for a funky groove to make its mark on the listener complete with intricate bass lines, still over synths of course.

Yet what makes oOoOO so mysterious is the distance she keeps. At times when her voice could be captivating she tends to pull away and let the noise take control; when she invites an eerie sample to be the base of the beat she over powers it with clicks, claps and an overly loud whisper. Coupled with this distance comes the ambiguity of her emotion, whether she wants a certain track to be sorrow filled or over joyous is discretionary but never clear cut. She tends to be doing the wrong things at the wrong times, like singing jubilantly over droning tracks, however the outcome feels right – as if the awkward choices are in fact best suited for the experiment of the album. After all, this album is a reflection of a birthing genre “witch house”; present with dynamics that are constantly testing the ear by sonically moving in and out without even a chance to catch a breath, and soundscapes that range from depressing moods to really depressing moods with poppy overtones. It’s like being excited for a wedding that’s happening at a graveyard; coincidentally it appears that’s what the album’s art is proposing.



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Obfuscation24
September 29th 2010


3939 Comments


what the fuck is this

fromtheinside
September 29th 2010


19029 Comments


stream - http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2010/09/stream-new-ooooo-ep

hearts might be soty. such a wicked guitar line

ugh album art

[img]http://images.xlr8r.com/files/news/oOoOO_0927.jpg[/img]

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Gyromania
September 29th 2010


15967 Comments


This sounds really interesting.

PanasonicYouth
September 29th 2010


7412 Comments


message in my alphabet soup?

fromtheinside
September 29th 2010


19029 Comments


i was just about to tell you that i found it. i wonder if this will show up on any other blogs

AggravatedYeti
September 29th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is pretty sweet gotta say.
haven't really cracked the surface even

fromtheinside
September 29th 2010


19029 Comments


yes like 3 times but the mods are ignoring me today or smth.

i kid i know you guys have lives

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2010


17944 Comments


Still one can be solely sure the resultant here is an immaculate one.


oh god this sentence

GulliKyro
September 29th 2010


357 Comments


You’re floating through a haunted house with oOoOO, one in which she knows every nook and cranny and is mischievous in revealing them to you. You pit-pat your way through track splicing’s like slipping through holes slimmer than the fabric you’re ravishingly cloaked in, and the event happens with harmonious fashion.


Brilliant. No bloody idea what its saying to me but brilliant regardless.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2010


17944 Comments


that doesn't even make SENSE

Iai
Emeritus
September 29th 2010


3553 Comments


The Nosummr4U EP is great, I should probably get this.

BallsToTheWall
September 29th 2010


44800 Comments


Sold on first paragraph.

Also artwork.

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2010


16137 Comments


This is pretty boss so far.

cvlts
September 29th 2010


8977 Comments


wut tha fuck is this?

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2010


16789 Comments


lol what is this

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illmitch
September 29th 2010


5429 Comments


is this witch house or ghostwave or whatever that genre is called

ffs
September 29th 2010


4883 Comments


best band name

illmitch
September 29th 2010


5429 Comments


best witch house band name is ///▲▲▲\ tbh

ffs
September 29th 2010


4883 Comments


thats just a bunch of shapes!! too modern for me

AnotherBrick
September 29th 2010


9772 Comments


wtf



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