June 1, 2017
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Nanna Øland Fabricius, known to fans around the world as the artist OH LAND, came in to the music scene in 2008 under less than conventional circumstances. When 10 years of training and a budding career in ballet was abruptly ended by injury, a life in music began. At the age of 22, Fabricius wrote and produced her first album, "Fauna," which was released to much critical acclaim. Having recorded most of the album by herself in her bedroom, Fabricius discovered an early knack for production. The process that Fabricius found in creating "Fauna" was foreshadowing for what would come after.
"Earth Sick," Oh Land's fourth album, marks a return to the roots that launched her music career; writing, recording and producing everything herself at home, with the help of her closest friends, family and talents. Recorded primarily in her Brooklyn, New York apartment, "Earth Sick" is a hybrid of symphonic and electronic sounds, masterfully woven together. Layers of lush vocals and rich string arrangements combine for the next chapter in Oh Land's signature soundscape.
"Machine" a melancholic anthem, opens the album with delicate industrial textures. Tracks such as "Little Things," "Daylight," "Trailblazer," and the title track "Earth Sick" combine Oh Land's love for orchestral arrangements and lyrical exploration.
"When you are young, you have all these wonderful ideas of how you think the world works and a naivety that you can make a change. When you grow up you struggle to maintain this idealism and not let yourself get too frustrated with the complexities of life! Earth Sick is an album that is written from a frustrated place. Frustrated with the fact that things in life aren't black and white. People change and feelings change outside of our control. But still I strive to maintain the hope I had as a 10-year-old."
"Lyrically, I express my frustration with everything from little daily problems, to questions like "what is my place on this earth?" Sometimes I like to pretend that I'm an alien, coming from outside and experiencing everything for the first time, seeing the world in a new light." "Head Up High" is the lead single and video from "Earth Sick," a track that almost wasn't...
"I had forgotten that I wrote this song for a friend that was going through a tough time in her life. I wrote it and sent it to her as encouragement. I told her to hold her head high and not let herself drown in her sorrows, but fight! She reminded me a year later when we were doing some recording for this album in Portugal and when she played the song to me I knew I had to finish it immediately! It was actually the last song added to the album, and will be the first that everyone gets to hear."
Fabricius has spent the better part of the past 4 years supporting her 2nd and 3rd album releases, "Oh Land" and "Wish Bone." Headlining tours, inter-mixed with supporting dates for such acts as Katy Perry and Sia, have taken Oh Land all over the world. These albums have also paved the way for a growing discography of hits, with "Sun Of A Gun", "White Nights", fan favorite "Wolf & I", Renaissance Girls" and "Cherry On Top", to name a few.
Pure Bathing Culture
The roots of Pure Bathing Culture stretch back to 1999, when Versprille and Hindman befriended one another on the first day of freshman orientation at William Patterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. A decade later, they became bandmates when they both joined Vetiver for their Sub-Pop albums Tight Knit and The Errant Charm. It was while playing in Vetiver that Pure Bathing Culture emerged as its own entity.
"Dan was working on some instrumentals that he would make on a looping pedal," Sarah said. "One night he was out and I just listened to this loop and wrote some lyrics to it. He came home and I showed it to him. We laughed at first, as we didn't have some grand plan to start a band. It just happened naturally." That song "Lucky One," wound up in the hands of Richard Swift, who encouraged the duo to keep writing. "Richard pushed us along and became an inspiration," Dan said. Swift wound up producing the band's first EP and dreamy full-length, 2013's Moon Tides at his National Freedom studio.
From there, PBC evolved from simply being the product of Versprille and Hindman writing songs in their own home to hitting the road as a full touring band. "Sarah and I conceptualize music and then write so it's a pretty fragile state," Hindman said. "Playing live was a huge change for us."
When it came time to write and record their follow-up to Moon Tides, the duo knew what they didn't want. "We didn't gravitate towards someone making indie dream-pop records," Dan said. That was when producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans, Angel Olsen, The Walkmen) reached out to the band and invited them to come record with him in his Dallas, TX studio.
"John pushed us to not make clichés, to not play into the style of other bands," Dan said. The challenges came right away as Congleton pressed the group into unfamiliar and at times uncomfortable territory in the studio. "He tricked me with the guitars on the album," Dan said. "We got the basic tracks down and he asked me to do scratch guitar and then John wouldn't let me go back and do the guitars again. He refused to do any layering."
As a result, everything on Pray for Rain is pretty much as Pure Bathing Culture actually sounds, all analog gear, with virtually no plug-ins or effects added afterwards, no hiding behind multiple layers. "There aren't a lot of tricks; What you hear is naturally what's there," Dan said.
It was a taxing yet ultimately rewarding experience when the album was completed. "It was shocking to hear what the finished product was," Sarah said. "It was like being in a vortex and then we came out with this record." She adds with a laugh something John Congleton told her when all was said and done: "You were very brave."
Sarah summarizes the Pray for Rain experience as one of "stepping into the realm of discovering who we are as a band and as songwriters," echoing a theme of the album itself, the process of change and transition. "You can find the best version of yourself in those hardest moments," she said. To which Dan adds: "You have to be backed up against the wall in order to really feel those feelings and respond to them." Pray for Rain is the sound of Pure Bathing Culture transforming from who they were to who they will be, of finding their way, ready to take steps both small and momentous on their musical path.
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