Artist Watch: Oh Land!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Great name, serious pop artist. Oh Land sounds like a frontier mountain call a la Oregon Trail, but it's really the stage name of Danish singer, Nanna ├śland Fabricius, and she's on her way to winning you over with the feisty and posh electro-pop she has in her arsenal.

I happened on Oh Land track, "White Nights" the other day, and was enamored with the delightful bubble pop electric sound it had, not to mention had a chorus that was seeped in the kind of synthesized flair I enjoy---not too much, and not too little, just right in the shimmering middle.

A few minutes later, Oh Land's self-titled EP from last year, landed onto my computer and each song got me riled up for more (there are only four in total on the set). Influenced by Bjork and being lauded by Pharrell Williams, Oh Land is releasing her sophomore set (she released in 2008 her debut, Fauna to little fanfare) this March, and with the warm buzz surrounding her (single, "Sun Of A Gun" is taking off at the moment), she's sure going to be someone you're going to be hearing more from as the year chugs on.

To make an annoying comparison she is somewhat a less dreary version of Florence & The Machine, with a starchy Paloma Faith vibe, still, like most, she has her own way of doing thangs. At the moment, four songs just isn't enough as I've worn out "White Nights" and am now loving how "Rainbow" is handled, so I'm quite anxious to hear how she's going to do with a full-length set to play around on. Till then, hear what I'm hearing with "White Nights" (above---the video doesn't do the song justice, IMO) and another favorite, "Wolf & I" from the EP project (which is out now), and get into the sophisticate pop stylings of Oh Land.

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