Oh No Ono
Eggs


4.0
excellent

Review

by Rudy K. STAFF
February 4th, 2010 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Inject a healthy dose of WTF into your everyday indie pop.

Oh No Ono’s first record to be released on U.S. soil is an album fraught with contrasts and the kind of opposites-attract mentality that so many “weird” pop bands, from Of Montreal to recent Animal Collective, have championed. It’s a record that is at times incredibly easy to sing along to and at others is so undeniably odd that it’s almost creepily off-putting. And like Oh No Ono themselves, Eggs is just a hard album to place in general. The band themselves, a Danish quintet who have been around since 2003, mix electro-pop with experimental noise and the occasional dollop of funk or gothic new-wave, all with a nasally singer who calls to mind MGMT or John Lennon on a vast variety of uppers and several hits of LSD.

Having never listened to Oh No Ono before, it’s impossible for me to tell whether Eggs is a progression of their sound or something altogether new, but I can tell you this: Eggs might be the most bipolar record I’ve heard so far this year, at times crafting some of the purest, sugary melodies this side of Beach House and at others sounding so impeccably ***ed up that it’s difficult to determine whether they’re entirely serious. The weirdly serious, almost threateningly long “Eve” and the synth stabs of the sinister “Icicles” are the most prominent of the latter, and when taken in comparison with the rest of the record, they stand out like sore thumbs. But then again, in the context of Oh No Ono’s anything-goes mentality, I suppose it makes sense. And in the proud tradition of psychedelic pioneers like Syd Barrett and the Flaming Lips, Oh No Ono refuse to compromise on their strangeness.

From the Middle Eastern vibe of “Eleanor Speaks” to the majestic church bells on “Swim” to the nearly ten-minute long, grandiose freak-out of closer “Beelitz,” Eggs throw everything and the kitchen sink into this amalgam of indie but steady it with the all-important hooks of some truly talented songwriters. Don’t be mistaken; you’ll never hear a song like “Swim” or the mellow flow of “The Wave Ballet” on alternative radio, but beneath all the layers of psychedelia and sonic textures are hooks and harmonies so pristine and effortlessly shiny that it’s hard not to get stuck in your head.

Eggs should be a ridiculously confounding work, as layered and tremendously outsized with neon bells and tie-dyed whistles as it is, but once you get past the sometimes piercing nasal whine of singer Malthe Fischer and the intimidating array of instruments and influences, you’ll discover some truly affecting pop gems: the sparkling radiance of “The Tea Party” (which initially reminded me of Zelda: Ocarina of Time . . . bizarre), the upbeat hop of “Mis Miss Moss,” the lovesick chorus of “Helplessly Young.” But most of all, you’ll discover a band that isn’t afraid to tear down the constraints of everyday, regular indie pop and inject a healthy dose of eccentricity into one of music’s most timeworn and loved equations.



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klap
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2010


12360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tasty! don't fail me sputnik and listen to this

Digging: Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee

EVedder27
February 4th 2010


6088 Comments


The band name is umm interesting. May listen to this.

MassiveAttack
February 4th 2010


2754 Comments


What Vedder meant to say is "the band name is ummm terrible".

EVedder27
February 4th 2010


6088 Comments


touche

Douglas
February 4th 2010


9297 Comments


Summary makes me wanna get this

SeaAnemone
February 4th 2010


21429 Comments


I can't stand Olivia Tremor Control, but I like the rest of the recommended list... I'll probably try to listen to this as I was so enthused by your last rec. I remember kinda like this- Miike Snow.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2010


12360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, the band name sucks, but you take the good with the bad my children

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2010


12360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

miike snow is much more electronica-influenced than this obvie, but yeah the hooks are there. and c'mon dusk at cubist castle is the best!

Romulus
February 4th 2010


8984 Comments


Band name is kind of what I think of halfway through War is Over

CelestialDust
February 4th 2010


3166 Comments


delicious recommended albums

can't imagine what a nasal whine sounds like so i guess i'll have to listen to find out

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2010


12360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love you too chambered



also, just thought of this, singer kind of sounds like luke steele from sleepy jackson/empire of the sun if that helps

Douglas
February 5th 2010


9297 Comments


luke steele is okay sometimes

Observer
Emeritus
February 5th 2010


9023 Comments


Ba-Bing! Double features. Awesome, Rudy.

Digging: Ovens - Ovens

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2010


12360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sick mods i'm running the front page right now

Observer
Emeritus
February 5th 2010


9023 Comments


I'd like to get in on that action.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2010


12360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jk sobhi fooled me

Observer
Emeritus
February 5th 2010


9023 Comments


Yeah, he jumped all over you on that one. Good review btw.

Waior
February 5th 2010


11780 Comments


front page despot

i love a little WTF in my indie pop though, consider me sold.

Waior
February 5th 2010


11780 Comments


front page despot

i love a little WTF in my indie pop though, consider me sold.

DiceMan
February 5th 2010


7067 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Waior dubpost fail lol.



I'm downloading this right now. Eggs + WTF+ Indie Pop = coolness



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