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Monday, 19 September 2016

Album Review for: öOoOoOoOoOo - Samen (2016) | Avant-Garde Rock



Samen is the debut album from; öOoOoOoOoOo ('Chenille' in French or 'Caterpillar' in English). The unique fusion of avant-garde rock with too many genres and influences to list; a total mind-fuck of perfected abstract art, music and naked bodies. Full range female vocals, at times reminiscent of 'Evanescence' and exceptional musical stylings take the listener on a journey through a schizophrenic multi-verse of experimental extravagance.

Where to start with this album...? Probably a good point would be at the beginning.



To be honest, when I first looked at the band name: 'öOoOoOoOoOo', I thought; what? 'Oooooooooo' like a ghost sound or something... that's pretty lame. Then the album cover/booklet with naked bodies awkwardly lying on top of each other with 'tasteful' full frontal nudity, a man with a very 'suspicious' looking chest and odd, unnatural nude poses shot in what seemed to be a art gallery. I assumed this was going to be some overly pretentious, 'artistic' nonsense; like Yoko Ono's (a'hem)... vocal 'performance' in a gallery that I saw on YouTube.

*See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdZ9weP5i68 (but brace yourselves, it's pretty bad; probably worse than bad).

The type of 'art' only appreciated by anal-retentive c*nts who sip on overpriced sparkling grape juice at a modern art show while contemplating the intricacies of a large canvas painted solid black or attempting to uncover the 'hidden meanings' behind a heap of rotting garbage piled up randomly on a marble floor. I was almost not even going to bother listening to it... but for some reason I grit my teeth and dived in with much hesitation; like eating snails or frog's legs for the first time.

Boy was I wrong... this album is a masterpiece! I was thoroughly seduced and taken full advantage of by this album. Now begins the long walk home from an unknown part of town with slight amnesia, a strange sense of accomplishment, several scratches/bruises, a backwards t-shirt, no money, one shoe and someone else's pants.



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