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Pö Om Pö

    Hypnagogia remains one of the most mysterious and haunting daily states of mind. Moments of revelation are wont to traditionally hit us particularly in the hinterland between dream and waking, It’s this particular headspace that’s very much the world of ‘Pö om pö’, the second Rocket Recordings released full-length record from Sweden’s equally mysterious OCH. Pö om pö (meaning ‘little by little’) is a journey further into inner space from ‘II’, the previous Rocket outing (which followed a 2014 cassette only release)

    What’s mapped out here is a trajectory on the kosmische continuum that touches on the terrain of late 70s Sky records style ambience, the more overgrown quarters of Swedish experimental prog and the sun-baked lo-fi DIY cassette culture of the US early ‘00s.Dwelling in a smoke-clouded glow that’s equal parts sunset gold and effects pedal red, OCH have here transcended all influences to creating a tapestry of potent psychotropic sound. A record in which new horizons open up beyond the small hours, and where primeval wah-wah-abetted skronk and mantric folk[1]tinged repetition can collude to reveal new third-eye perceptions. Little By Little, Pö om pö , these forty minutes are here to bridge the chasms between conscious and subconscious, and in style.

    TRACK LISTING

    01. Bolid
    02. Vadstena
    03. Syzyrgy
    04. Silverstjärnan
    05. Isfält
    06. Bråviken
    07. Impetus
    08. Ochra

    Po Po

    Bummer Summer / Teen Dreamz

    Shoaib and Zeb of Po Po zero in on a sound that combines live instrumentation with electronic programming cranked out on an old tower PC. This single gives a perfect look into the crosshairs of that Po Po world with two very different tracks. "Bummer Summer" is a no brainer of radical weirdness, one of Po Po’s poppiest and prettiest tracks, despite the title and lyrics that may or may not say 'I’ll watch you die.' It’s one of those feel good feeling bad songs that sounds best soaked in 97 degree humidity… Or looking at the sky from a prone position on the roof of a car… Or zoning the hell out somewhere for no good reason. And what’s more, it sounds like a lost demo gem from The Jesus And Mary Chain’s "Darklands" / "Automatic" period. The intro to "Teen Dreamz" on the flip sounds like a duet between the Hammer of Thor in Hell and a 5000 watt call-to-prayer minaret speaker that’s been screwed down to negative speed. It was called “Epic Intro Song” for a while for a reason; stick around for the drop. After a minute, the uniquely heavy "Teen Dreamz" falls into a mind numbing half time beat while Zeb’s falsetto vocals roll around with the drones from the intro, and the whole thing makes you feel like you just ate a pound of mushrooms while listening to The Stranglers’ "Meninblack" album. This might not even be a 'dance' record, but you’ll just have to work that out for yourself.



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