1. “Sun Of A Gun”
2. “White Nights”
4. “Wolf & I”
“I want my music to feel like 2050 meets something really classic, like meeting a stranger that feels as familiar as an old friend.” – Nanna Øland Fabricius (aka Oh Land)
It is not often that one gets to make a first impression for the second time. But, given that less people heard Oh Land’s debut album, Fauna, than have declared their official religion as Jedi, she has a rare opportunity with this eponymous E.P. to redefine who she is, for the first time, again.
Light, rich and symphonic, while still, somehow, retaining a refreshing simplicity about them; the four tracks showcased here are quite simply a delight to listen to. “White Nights” in particular is positively dreamy, like being swept along the skyline on a bed of clouds. Rocking your soul into a gentle, Stevie Wonder-esque, sway as you listen, it is that enchanting.
While each track is dripping in honeyed melodies and elegant electronics, there is also a tantalizing, compelling beat bubbling underneath. Not so prominent it dominates, more subtle; quietly subverting any compulsion you may have to remain still. You will move to this.
It may not sound quite like it is from the year 2050 as she hopes, but there is definitely a warm familiarity about her sumptuous electropop soundscapes. Her songs have a storybook quality about them, fantastical, whimsical; they could charm even the most heartless curmudgeon.
Her US debut album will make use of crack producers Dan Carey (The Kills, Hot Chip) and Dave McCracken (Depeche Mode, Beyoncé,) and is due out later this year. If it is anywhere near as delightful as this E.P. suggests it will, we are all in for a treat.