ARTIST:

OU

(CHINA)
TITLE:

ONE

(2022)
LABEL:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Experimental, Female vocals, Fusion, Groovy, High-pitched vocals, Hovering, Technical
"With the aptly named "One" as its banner, OU merges progressive, metal, atmospheric and more into a fascinating melting pot."
EASTWOOD (11.05.2022)  
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OU is the association of an American drummer exiled in Beijing, an exceptional Chinese guitarist and bassist, and a female singer, "Lynn Wu" with an outstanding vocal ability. 

The band mix progressive, metal, atmospheric and many other things in a fascinating melting pot where it is as much possible to be confronted with an uncontained aggressiveness ('Prejudice') as to lose oneself in ethereal and contemplative ambiences ('Euphoria'). Eight tracks in the form of a staggering and sidereal journey, initiatory and intimate, where four musicians redraw the contours of the world map, blurring the influences and directions to offer a new view on the musical labyrinth of genres and styles.

'Travel' opens the album and shows the way, between heady riffs, lead rhythmic and especially this voice at the same time powerful and fragile, real elusive sea serpent. Almost opera-like ('Farewell'), whispering like water ('Light'), Lynn Wu's voice becomes a howling or charming siren on each inflection, reaching improbable notes or slipping between the complex melodies and the elaborate rhythms of the rest of the combo.

The Chinese lyrics seem to speak of life in another solar system, just as the vocal swirls combined with the sonic exactions of the three seasoned musicians where it is possible to make cohabit demanding rhythms ('Mountain') and tracks of infinite softness ('Ghost', that Dhafer Youssef, another siren of another world, would not disavow), or even to melt them in a single feeling ('Euphoria').

"One" is only a doorway to a larger universe, made in China.


More informations on https://www.facebook.com/ou.theband





TRACK LISTING:
01. Travel - 5:54
02. Farewell - 4:12
03. Mountain - 4:18
04. Ghost - 3:34
05. Euphoria - 7:19
06. Prejudice - 4:31
07. Dark - 7:17
08. Light - 4:05

LINEUP:
Anthony Vanacore: Batterie
Chris Cui: Basse
Lynn Wu: Chant
Zhang Jing: Guitares
   
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NIURKY
17/05/2022
 
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Le problème quand on se lance dans l'expérimental en musique est qu'on a rarement le droit de passer à côté niveau production (à moins que la recherche porte sur la bouillie sonore) et force est de constater que cet album de OU aurait été bien mieux servi par une production plus aérée afin qu'on puisse en apprécier toutes les subtilités. Bravo pour l'essai, dommage qu'il ne soit pas transformé selon moi.
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