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Woïnkpa – “Tenderised”

19 Mar


It’s late at night, we should have been asleep hours ago yet here we are indulging our insatiable love of new music and letting sounds get under our skin. Specifically, we have been letting the sounds of Woïnkpa get under our skin tonight. “Tenderised” has had a fair number of plays already in the last week or so but tonight it’s slightly enigmatic and mysterious swirl of melody and electronics has us hooked and we keep coming back for more.

A mixed French and African ethnicity and wide ranging musical and cultural influences have led Woïnkpa to call herself a ‘patchwork’ and this certainly comes through in “Tenderised” with its distinctly two-part feel.

A soft and dreamy opening, full of swaying harmonies and lazy, languorous beat melt into hazy synths as Woïnkpa’s vocals lilt delicately atop it all. It is a hypnotic marbling of sound on the orangey pink canvas of a sunset that, after two delicious minutes, gives way to the night and the magic that it brings. While many are sleeping, the night is a time for fun, mischief and excitement for others and as the darkness falls on “Tenderised”, the lights of clubs and bars flicker into life and the tempo picks up. New layers of sound come out from their hiding places, a renewed energy and effervescence takes Woïnkpa’s mesmeric vocal on a ride of calmed euphoria. It is the sonic equivalent of letting your hair down, grabbing some friends and injecting just a little bit more indietronic energy into your night to complement that blissfully chilled out feeling you’d been indulging in all evening.

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Album Review: Sameblod – Braided Memos

20 Apr

Clocking in at just over one year old (the band was ‘born’ in 2011) indie-electro-pop duo Sameblod already have one stunning EP to their name and are now swiftly following that with their debut full length, Braided Memos. In an incredible show of bravado, this 10-track collection features not one of the songs from the Our Future EP. The thing is they don’t need them.

The pair originally met in a small town in the north of their native Sweden where they studied music together. They eventually found they had a mutual love of the same kind of music and soon began to ‘get wasted and jam for fun after school’ with no intention that the music they made would ever go anywhere. That was until people heard it of course.

Our Future, which was released last year, is a very laid back and relaxed collection, quite measured in its approach and full of controlled and precision electronica. On Braided Memos the duo allow themselves no less control, but they have awoken from their tranquillity and stepped out to smell the warmth and optimism of a new day.

Asked to describe their sound, Frederick Rundqvist and Mikael Mattisson classified it as ”hopeful-electronic-mellow-pop with a lot of different influences”, they pretty much nailed it. The album is full of confidence, of sanguinity, even in its darker moments there is an underlying sense of hope. Like the pea beneath the mattress of synthesiser sounds upon mattress after mattress of synthesiser sounds, try as you like, you will still be able to feel it there. “UR Road”, for example, is carefree, joyously whistling away, happy and content with life. It’s flamboyant, animated and uplifting with a smile that is infectious. Similarly, “Always”, which follows it, is the bright sun shining on young, happy-go-lucky people laughing and joking as they travel and jape together across European fields, mountain paths, beaches. All those places beautiful people go in music videos.

Not all the tracks are as overtly uplifting but there is a wistful tenderness to almost all, “The Hardest Choice”, which features fellow Swede and purveyor of delightfully warm dream-pop in his own right, Summer Heart, begins and ends with birdsong. Rather than sounding twee, it completely fits the summery feel and transports you to the countryside.

There is some dark to counter balance this light though and the glacial indietronica of Our Future is not entirely absent. It adds another layer to the album; the sometimes sparse, sometimes rich electronics swell and pitch you up, crowdsurfing atop the reverb, the echoes and the gentle rhythmical beats. Atop the hope.

Braided Memos is a fantastic debut album from two highly talented and prolific young musicians that will live long on the stereo. It is out today (20 April) via Norway’s Riot Factory records and you can pick it up digitally on Amazon.

The Our Future EP is available to buy on the Sameblod Bandcamp page .

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Listen: Sameblod – UR Road
Wednesday Evening Earworm – feat. Sameblod, “Kick It Out”