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II

Raz Ohara And The Odd Orchestra

II

LabelGet Physical Music
VertriebRoughtrade
VÖ-Datum23.10.2009

Eine gewisse Magie umgab das selbstbetitelte Debüt von Raz Ohara And The Odd Orchestra. Es war nicht nur der Stil, den man Pop am Rande der Avantgarde, oder vielleicht auch Avantgarde am Rande des Pop, nennen konnte, sondern auch diese absolute Eigenständigkeit, die doch vertraut klang - und eben diese fesselnde Stimme, deren Stimmbänder mal in Melancholie eingelegt worden waren und in einer Marinade von Kraft zur Delikatesse heranreiften.

Vordergründig simpel - oder besser: schlicht - tarnten sich die Songs, nur um kurz darauf zu zeigen, dass ihnen eine viel größere, auch emotionale, Tiefe innewohnt. Was man im ersten flüchtigen Moment als behutsam oder vorsichtig hätte ansehen können, das war vielleicht ruhig und bedacht - aber eben gut durchdacht und umso packender. Schön und traumhaft verwobenen zeigt sich jetzt auch II, der zweite Streich von Raz samt Orchestra. Sequenzen, Arpeggien und Loops verzahnen sich, Gitarren, Streicher, Xylophon, Percussion und elektronische Sounds und Effekte fusionieren geradezu.

Wie im Fluss - und das vielleicht noch mehr als beim Debüt - präsentiert sich II. Es ist ein organisches Ganzes, bei dem keiner der Tracks exponiert ist. So sehr, dass es nur zu gut passt, dass die zum Album gehörende Single Miracle nur separat als Download (über einen Code im Booklet) erhältlich ist. Raz Ohara hat sie selbst als stilistisch nicht perfekt zum Rest des Albums geeignet gefunden.

Melancholische Freudseeligkeit, wenn es sie gäbe, II von Raz Ohara And The Odd Orchestra, wäre sicherlich ein nahezu perfekter Repräsentant. Seltsam ist hier wirklich nichts und II ist wie der Vorgänger außergewöhnlich und ver- wie bezaubernd. Seltsam ist nur, dass das nicht schon längst viel mehr erkannt haben.

Tracklist:
  1. Fragment I
  2. The Burning (Desire)
  3. Losing My Name
  4. Varsha
  5. Wildbirds
  6. Fragment II
  7. The Day You Suffered Helpless Out Of Reach And All Lines Were Dead
  8. Kingdom
  9. Fragment III
  10. Praise The Day (No One Owes You Nothing)
Highlights:

The Burning (Desire), Losing My Name, Kingdom

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