Jun 16, 2014
"Snakehips is a blissful endorphin-producing cut of electronica that hints at a bright future for the duo.'" - The Line Of Best Fit
“Snakehips takes their dark electronic vibes and shoots them into space... a deliciously sultry single." - Under the Radar
"Wonderfully impressive" - GoldFlakePaint
"Distinctive & Exotic" - NBHAP
On the heels of their acclaimed 'Disco To Die To', OOFJ re-emerge with the mysterious "Snakehips". An unforeseen critical success, reviews of their debut LP spoke of "dark Badalamenti" and "Polanski terror with opaque floating vocals" - OOFJ's latest still exists in this darker, Lynchian sphere but their new single also seems to suggest the light of day-glo escaping through the cracks. The swivel-hipped "Snakehips" conjures the groovy anxiety of rubbing up against a stranger and pretending to be a stranger to someone you know.
The duo met in New York while Jenno Bjørnkjær was working on music for Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia'. OOFJ's distinctive, exotic sound is the perfect fusion of South African vocalist Katherine Mills-Rymer dark romanticism and Jenno's cool Danish precision - creating something simultaneously glamourous, nightmarish, and narcotic.
The song "Snakehips" was conceived on a hot, late afternoon where the couple resides in Highland Park in East LA overlooking the mountains. Katherine sporadically started singing about ‘snakehips', Jenno was perplexed to what it meant. She explained it as, "smooth, slim and how you feel drunk. She continues, "Also my grandpa always used to call me that, "hey snakehips," when I got dressed up for something, and looked a bit provocative…a bit perverse.’ Jens made the track, making a sound of complexity to bliss out to and make out to.
OOFJ's second album will be out in the fall, which promises to sound like romance, existential fright, fantasy and intellectual abandon over a boozy brunch.
Mar 19, 2014
“White Mountain” is the second track to be premiered from their upcoming album, due out later this year, and we’re proud to premiere it through a session we cut with them at last year’s Iceland Airwaves festival.
Produced by the Bedroom Community-associated Helgi Hrafn Jónsson, “White Mountain” began life as a piano ballad but, explains singer Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir, “we felt there was something greater lying underneath that deserved a more ambitious arrangement.”
“This is a special live version,” Stefánsdóttir explains, “…a little bit different from the album edition. My lyrics describe an epic but dangerous journey through the Icelandic highlands. It was actually inspired by Game of Thrones.”
You can wathc the video here.
Oct 25, 2013
With band members spending time between Tokyo, London and Reykjavík over the past three years, Icelandic pop ensemble Rökkurró have been meticulously expanding their luscious musical palette.
The success of Rökkurró’s previous studio effort Í Annan Heim (produced by Alex Somers of Jónsi fame) was largely unexpected. The album spent over 100 weeks in the Top-30 of the Icelandic charts, while gathering warm words from international media such as NME, Clash Magazine, KEXP Radio, The Line Of Best Fit and CMU Daily.
Three years on, Rökkurró are back in the studio, with a new record scheduled for early 2014. This time around, their partner in crime is the renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Helgi Hrafn Jónsson. “His ideas are fresh and we liked the fact that he chooses the artists he works with very carefully. We found out very soon that we shared a common vision for this project and that is really important,” explains singer Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir.
The first sample of their common work comes in the form of ‘Killing Time’, a three-minute, stripped-down piece of music that talks about “a person who feels young, but their body is failing them and how getting old is a misleading thing,” said Stefánsdóttir. “Our new sound has a few obvious changes. We have added more electronic elements. I have taken a break from the cello and have replaced it with a synthesizer. We also have two new members, Helga (piano) and Skúli (bass).”
‘Killing Time’ is also the band’s first song in English. “We wanted to try it out. When I was living in Japan, I was basically only speaking English and Japanese. I think it’s challenging and has a different feel to it - compared to what we've done before. But rest assured, we will do stuff in Icelandic again. We are really excited to be finally releasing new music,” enthused Stefánsdóttir.
‘Killing Time’ can be purchased here.
Sep 30, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
The Callas will play Germany's prime showcase Reeperbahn Festival on 27 September.
The first track from their forthcoming album 'Am I Vertical?' has just been premiered on Brooklyn Vegan. The album was produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) and will be released on 15 November on Inner Ear Records.
Sep 11, 2013
Last week saw Berlin Music Week take place for its fourth year, with 2500 delegates from across the music industry attending the WORD! Conference, and a further 5000 music fans joining them for the First We Take Berlin showcase festival. Checking in on the action and catching up with a few of the delegates and speakers was Vasilis Panagiotopoulos who wrote a report for CMU.
Apr 11, 2013
Now in its fifth year, the Tallinn Music Week festival and conference has been taking place annually in the Estonian capital since 2009. Having grown considerably in that time, this year’s speakers included former Pink Floyd manager Peter Jenner and industry veteran Seymour Stein. Plus there were a whole host of live performances from artists both homegrown and from across Europe.
Vasilis Panagiotopoulos visited and spoke to some of the key figures from the event for CMU and wrote this report.
Jan 30, 2013
Baby Guru's recent shows at Europe's premiere music showcase Eurosonic Noorderslag received enthusiastic reviews by a number of international media. Here's a selection of press quotes:
"As if The Doors had babies with MGMT or Can .. they should make a lot of followers in the coming months." - Les Inrocks (FR)
"It's not every day that you get to hear a Greek band. And if you completely blow your socks, you can definitely call it a surprise." - Focus Knack (BE)
"Baby Guru's mixed drink is fresh and you would like to have more!" - Gaffa (SE)
"Great nervous psychedelic synths... we’re looking forward to the band’s forthcoming album!" - Indie Fuzz (NL/CA)
"Baby Guru are doing quite well! Their singer / keyboardist has a voice that can not be forgotten. " - Moustique (BE)
"A delectable cocktail!" - La Lible (BE)
Nov 27, 2012
Oscillate, who is responsible for Inner Ear Records' international relations, negotiated on behalf of the popular Greek label distribution deals with Rough Trade and V2 Benelux. From 2013 onwards, Inner Ear’s releases will be distributed throughout Europe via V2 Records in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and via Rough Trade for the rest of the continent. The partnership will start off with the European release of Baby Guru’s brilliant new album 'Pieces’.
Nov 12, 2012
Oscillate attended last week the You Are In Control conference. Immediately following the Iceland Airwaves festival, You Are In Control takes place in Reykjavík, Iceland each November. Looking at the digital future of the arts, the conference had its fifth outing earlier this month.
Vasilis Panagiotopoulos sat in on this year’s music industry-focussed panels and debates for CMU and wrote this report.