Boomkat Product Review:
Tri Angle Record's 2nd issue is the debut release proper from a very special artist, San Francisco's oOoOO. He's in very good company on this exquisitely curated label, nestled among the likes of Balam Acab, Stalker and Nowa Huta, who together form a collective shadow over the disciplines of big money R'n'B and shivering Cold Wave electro with a creepily succinct Pop aesthetic. And it's this acute articulation of mood and style that sets these productions apart from any other crowd out there. Tracks like 'Hearts' with its Fever Ray-meets-Cassie feel or the arcane hooks of 'Burnout Eyes' have the mark of a scarily intuitive Pop genius, knowingly built with the most conventional structures yet nudged at all the crucial moments with choruses that beguile like a shy, lo-fi version of Kate Bush's finest or enrapture like David Sylvian at his most melancholy, perpetually toying with the tuning for spine chilling and perspective re-aligning effect. Also, their debt to Salem, acknowledged progenitors of the Witch House/Drag scene, is keenly felt in the numb melancholy of 'Sedsumting' and to a lesser extent in 'Plains', while the Visions Of Trees remix of the breathtaking 'Burnout Eyess' adds a spectral New Age ambience worthy of the most lushed out Juno 6 moments, and we say that without the slightest hint of cynicism. This is simply one of the most extraordinary debut records we've heard in a long time and should be owned by every house so your kids can come across it one day and perpetuate a cycle of blissed melancholy. Totally Essential.