JOSEFIN ÖHRN & The LIBERATION – ” Mirage ” Best Albums of 2016

Posted: December 10, 2016 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Having already been nominated for a Swedish Grammy with their debut EP, Diamond Waves, their debut full-length 2015 on Rocket Recordings, “Horse Dance”, marked out a territory in which beguiling repetition could sashay with sweet pop sounds, melodic flourishes with experimental intensity, and it was summarily rapturously received on arrival, making new fans and earning them appearances at Roskilde Festival and Eindhoven Psych Lab.

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This their second full lenth effort “Mirage”, which follows a mere year after its predecessor, sees the band sculpting sprawling, hypnotic jams into elegant nocturnal serenades. “We agree on not remembering very much about how these tracks came about, that all of them were written on the road and that most of them came fully formed” note the band. “Most were really long to begin with, but we found it relieving to break away a bit from the mandatory psych jams a little bit.

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We also just realised that none of them were written in daylight, which might be why memory is so elusive.” Indeed, this approach seems to fit well with the primary inspiration for the five-piece band, which centred on ‘the state where dreams, visions and the present are entwined’ .“Mirage” sees the band taking a chic tradition of avant-pop that extends all the way from Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy to Broadcast and Saint Etienne, and warping it mercilessly to their own darker ends. Whilst the brooding yet sultry ‘Sister Green Eyes’ is no less than a sharp slice of motorik-pop and ‘Looking For You’ reinvents three-chord garage-rock attack with mighty finesse, The Liberation are just as comfortable dealing out the heavy-lidded and electronically-driven ‘In Madrid’ or the dive in the hallucinatory deep end of ‘Circular Motion’, on which they’re aided and abetted by the Lay Llamas’ Nicola Guinta. The seductive splendour of these ten songs å make manifest a parallel world of disorientation and deliverance in which one would be a fool not to want to languish adrift . Fresh excitement for the band lies in wait, courtesy of a UK tour with Goat and an appearance at Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia.

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