Oado
Life Era


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nash J! USER (41 Reviews)
October 4th, 2014 | 87 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An impressive debut that explores the darker side of atmospheric neofolk.

There seems to be an infinite amount of ways in which folk music can be crafted. From ambitious, classically-inspired neofolk to its varying use in black metal, the possibilities of what can be done with the genre never ceases to be amazing. Making this all the more evident are the abundance of talented, diverse, up-and-coming bands that have been bringing folk music back into the spotlight. Cue Oado, whose debut LP, Life Era, is one of the most emotionally gripping albums of the year. This is not a band that has set its sights on reinventing folk music or breaking any of the genre’s conventions. Oado are simply a group of extraordinarily talented musicians whose take on the genre is far more unique than one might expect from a criminally-obscure Iranian outfit.

Right from the start of the opening track, as a brooding drone swells over sounds of clanking until eventually being overcome by a forlorn guitar melody, it becomes clear that Life Era is far from the average placidity that dominates most well-known neofolk. In fact, the album’s tone is actually quite dark and morbid, with tracks often weaving pictures of bleakness and despair. The atmosphere of Life Era is nothing short of breathtaking, and is crafted with a superb attention to detail. Despite the minimalist instrumentation, the atmospheres are always creative and dynamic. Standout track “Calmness At Stress” truly displays the band’s intricate songwriting at its finest. Consisting of a powerful dichotomy between the uplifting acoustic guitar melodies being played against a backdrop of mournful strings, the song's tone changes constantly. The rest of the album is the same way. While tone changes do occur often over the course of the album, they never seem forced or abrupt. In fact, the dynamic changes in tone are often as simple as a sense of underlying optimism beneath a despondent soundscape or a layer of dark ambience that adds a distinct sense of tragedy to even the most gorgeous melody. Whether it is the sound of children playing amidst heart-wrenching guitar picking during “Calmness At Stress” or the sound of a quiet xylophone melody being drowned out by eerie ambience at the intro of the title track, the band consistently strives to create extremely immersive atmospheres that evoke powerful, exquisitely emotional imagery to the listener. Although Oado’s ambition is rather overreaching for such minimalist music, there is rarely a single moment during Life Era in which the music does not feel colorful and inspired.

All things considered, it is strange to fathom that Life Era is merely the debut by a young band that has been receiving little-to-no attention in the world of music so far. Yet, it is so; and judging by their first offering, Oado undoubtedly have a bright future ahead of them. While Life Era may not be especially groundbreaking, the band has found their own, one-of-a-kind sound that already makes them distinct from their contemporaries. Oado are clearly masters of their craft, and if there’s any fairness left in this world, widespread commercial success should be right around the corner.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Judio!
October 4th 2014


8496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been working on this review for a while now but finally got around to finishing it. Shoutout to Zaruyache

for bringing this to my attention on the Musk Ox thread and for the awesome Mr. Crysis for including

“Calmness At Stress” in Sputnik’s Q3 Mixtape. Hopefully this review will give these guys some more

attention, they totally deserve it.



The album is streaming here, on Oado’s bandcamp:

http://www.oadobandofficial.bandcamp.com

BMDrummer
October 4th 2014


15154 Comments


sounds like it could be real good

Judio!
October 4th 2014


8496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, probably because it is.

ExplosiveOranges
October 4th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck, I forgot to listen to this. FIRST THING TOMORROW MORNING!

Judio!
October 4th 2014


8496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Cap! Yeah I think you're gonna love this.

zaruyache
October 4th 2014


27530 Comments


I came here to say YOU'RE WELCOME but you already had me covered. Jerk.

Judio!
October 4th 2014


8496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmm, not sure what you'd find sloppy about it. In any event that's cool you gave it a shot even though you're not too familiar with the genre. You should check Woodfall by Musk Ox next if you're interested in awesome neofolk.

SharkTooth
October 4th 2014


14929 Comments


Since you reviewed this due to the Q3 mixtape, I think it's about time I reviewed the new Lenny Kravitz

Judio!
October 4th 2014


8496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Is most Neofolk dark like this?"



No, not at all. I think I explained it in my review but the genre is very diverse, most neofolk just happens to be pretty chill.



"Since you reviewed this due to the Q3 mixtape, I think it's about time I reviewed the new Lenny Kravitz"



lol I was working on this review way before the Q3 Mixtape.

fallenbird
October 4th 2014


4493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this, might be a 4.5 later on.



Also love you Judio! and great review.

Judio!
October 4th 2014


8496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love you too Shane. :] Glad you dig too!

deathschool
October 4th 2014


28753 Comments


Great review, Judi0! I mind pos with my telekinetic abilities.

I really like that album cover for some reason. I may have to check this.

manosg
Emeritus
October 4th 2014


12709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great stuff from what I've listened and a sweet review.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2014


32288 Comments


Well I like Musk Ox so I'll be checking this out

Judio!
October 4th 2014


8496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool Dev, didn't realize you liked neofolk. You're in for a treat with this one.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2014


47784 Comments


Dunno if I would dig but amazing review nevertheless cus its Judio
"the album’s tone changes constantly over its eight-and-a-half minute length"
is it really only 8.5 minutes long? sounds like more of an EP to me

Judio!
October 4th 2014


8496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oops I meant the song's tone changes constantly lol. The song was that long. Will fix that, thanks bud.



Edit: alright should be fixed

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2014


47784 Comments


Ah ok gotcha. No problem d00d

DatsNotDaMetulz
October 4th 2014


4323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lovely bit of Iranian dark ambient/neofolk

Sowing
Moderator
October 4th 2014


44141 Comments


A very judio review

And by that I mean good



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