Oh Land – Oh Land E.P. Review

29 Jan

1. “Sun Of A Gun”
2. “White Nights”
3. “Rainbow”
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)

Oh Land “Sun of a Gun” from Oh Land Music on Vimeo.

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.

The Oh Land E.P. is out now in the US on iTunes.
Spotify Premium subscribers in the UK can stream it HERE

4 Responses to “Oh Land – Oh Land E.P. Review”

  1. Obi Wan January 29, 2011 at 15:17 #

    You joke but I once lived with someone who actually declared on a Government Census form that his religion was ‘Jedi’
    Yeah, we’re not together anymore….
    Good review, nice use of imagery here. Interesting sounding album, hope it reaches more people than the first one.

  2. Erin Marie February 5, 2011 at 15:48 #

    Thanks for sharing the link! I cannot get enough of Oh Land. Her voice is mesmerizing! I can’t wait to see what’s in store next for Oh Land. Have you seen live video for “Wolf & I?” Definitely worth checking out: http://www.vevo.com/watch/oh-land/wolf-i-live/USSM21001848

  3. sadlercmr February 7, 2011 at 02:21 #

    I love Oh Land ….Here’s a really cool remix of her song “White Nights” http://soundcloud.com/ohland/white-nights-twin-shadow

  4. Julie March 7, 2011 at 13:52 #

    I really love Oh Land! “White Nights” is definitely my favorite track off of the EP… I’m really looking forward to her full length 🙂

    For any other fans out there, she’s the featured artist over on VEVO this month. There’s some pretty cool videos: http://www.vevo.com/artist/oh-land

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