Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation ‎– Hey Little Boy

• “Hey Little Boy” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Topic.

9.0 “Classic Moodcore from Sweden”

From their album “Sacred Dreams” (Rocket Recordings LAUNCH-162) released in April, 2019.

This, their third album following on from “Horse Dance” (2015) and “Mirage” (2016), was created in London, the core two of Josefin Öhrn (vocals) and Fredrik Joelson (guitars) having relocated from Stockholm, ambitiously assembling a whole new band from scratch. In come the Go! Team’s multi-instrumentalist Angela Won-Yin Mak, Eskimo Chain frontman Patrick Smith and bassist Ben Ellis, who has worked with Iggy Pop and Swervedriver.

To my ears, Jane Weaver, Broadcast, Ladytron and Stereolab would appear to be touchstones, so it seems perfectly natural that Andy Ramsay of the latter would be at the production helm at his Press Play studios, even bringing his drum machine programming skills to the party. His desk wizardry’s got the smokey, hazy atmosphere perfectly poised, whilst leaving plenty of air for the vocals to breathe.

That said, my featured track today is not generally representative of the album’s sound; rather it’s a tip-of-the-hat to the VU’s “Pale Blue Eyes” and a surefire sign of the good taste within the group.

Josefin tells us:

“This album comes out of a period of heartbreak, loss and dissolution, but also of deep love, warmth and beauty unveiled in the middle of it. A sacred dream, the way we see it, is not necessarily a golden fluffy cloud river, but instead also contains all the shadows that need to be seen and felt in order to drop what has to go in order to truly live.”

2019-05-22

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