August 30, 2010 by Bryan Peace
Oh Land is a peculiar new cinematic electropop Dane who recently sailed across the sea to the artistic haven of Brooklyn, find NY. With an opera singer for a mother, a theater organist for a father and BjÃ¶rkâ€™s Homogenic on constant rotation, Oh Land was enraptured by the combination of experimental and classical arts. â€œMy goal is to sound like Iâ€™m from 2050, but still feel really classic, like the music is an old friend,â€ said Oh Land. She spent her days pirouetting as a ballet dancer at the Danish Royal Ballet Academy when an injury forced her to reinvent herself and discover her true talent and passion as a musician. Oh Land soon released her first album, Fauna, which garnered critical acclaim in her homeland of Denmark. Her soundscapes are lavish, crunchy, symphonic, brute and captivated with rhythms that fly apart. She translates the sounds live via her â€œcontraptionâ€ – a homemade one-woman-band music box topped with balloon video projections (seeing is believing). Her music is for movement and new songs such as the thumping â€œSun of a Gunâ€ and euphoric â€œWhite Nightsâ€ have proven to make even the most portentous get up and dance. Having been discovered by Epic Records at 2009â€™s SXSW, she is currently putting the finishing touches on her US debut album and an EP to be released this fall. In anticipation for that release Oh Land also has a great run of remixes for her first single ‘Sun of a Gun’.
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