Sometimes pop music just needs to be classic in the sense it makes you happy, and shuffles those endorphins up and up around the home front. These things are not easy to do, especially while maintaining some semblance of integrity to the craft without spilling over into redundancy. No surprise, Ohsowhy is part of another track that just beams happy, regardless of your musical bend. Naked House continues to provide excellent music, and these two have a real dedication to the idea of a soundcloud community. Respect!
2012 was an interesting year for Holly and me. We learned we’d become parents, due date late January 2013. Our son’s name is Cove, he now is the proud owner of years of collecting music, and a few choice instruments. My first album came out under Nomadic Firs, which had so many weird, and exciting moments. With those two big items I give you this random list, which is a collection of Artists I heard getting played over and over again in our house. These are some of the folks that took me out of my own creations, and allowed me to just be a fan of music again. Something I honestly misplaced, and the reason I do this site. So cheers to all of you for making this last year fun for us, we appreciate it.
I think most sites have a “go to” Artist, who will inevitably get play on most of their releases. Ohsowhy is ours, or I should just say we like to cover her work. Mostly b/c its amazing, and she is the true essence of collaboration, the very reason this site was created. On the new single “Stranger/Sailor,” released via her soundcloud page, always. She teamed up with Diadainconsupertrafra. The song has, her now classic, canyon like voice, which sways over top of the music like a blueberry falling in slow motion. You can see this person sitting on top of a ridge doing yoga or something, or simply projecting the thing that makes them happy, probably all of us happy. There is a big bright spot on this number, at the 1:10 mark it picks up and breaks through, which is the most infectious moment on the song, the one that I wish would dominate. But that’s the beauty of Ylva and all of her tunes; in the name of life she’s willing to reward you the obvious parts, but you have to patiently wait for it, like a kid during the reading hour before recess. Totally worth it, she always is to us.
Lyrics: To be // as lost as // a message in a bottle // floating // from continent to continent // and a stranger // finding it and gets his soul back // You don’t say you’re lost // I can tell you’re lost // but it will change within the waves // movements that will bring the best out of you // and the future is ahead // and the stars will lead the way // Feeling the breeze // and you’ll get there // you take the hand and sail away from here // Send a // message // in a bottle
~ Ryan Boos
“HayFeverFuzzy” is a gorgeous tune shedding light on an allergy making us stay indoors, and experiencing the outside world from inside a window. The music is soft and wraps underneath her layered voice. The song is the canyon call, the echo chamber of self wanting to roll around a field, in the dirt, under a bubble of love for the hope to obtain something pure.Ohsowhy has skills and she’s always willing to share them. You can’t mistake this when visiting her soundcloud page. If we were living in some commune somewhere, all of us. She would be the glue, the voice that kept my personality in check in order to share the beauty in front of me with everyone else. I just hope we get an album from her, very soon. Check out this song she did with Buried Redshoes, whose another songster I’ll be exploring.
~ Ryan Boos
There’s music everywhere, and so many faces and lifetimes that go with it. If you get lucky, it will find you at the moment you need it most, this is what happened with Ohsowhy from Sweden. She contacted me to say hello, and extended her excitement for Acres. The cool part was she never did the now classic “check out my tunes” which would have been fine, after all, this is a music centric blog. But I was surprised by this, and thought it was a real classy thing to do. It’s a respectable thing to let the pace of whatever our communication would be, just be. And sure enough I went right to her page and was impressed by her sound.
She’s the real thing when it comes to Soundcloud in my opinion. She networks with others, has several collaborations with artists, and looks to be plenty active with comments. It’s not our job to decide who uses that site the right way, but she’s one of the good ones indeed.
Ohsowhy has so many good songs on her page its difficult to find a place to start. Let’s begin with the latest track, which is a collaboration with Naked House (who I will be exploring as well). Its pretty remarkable what genres they cross. They cover ground from electro, to the mountain sounds of the banjo, which is used to segue us into the next phase of the tune. Normally something like this might not be possible to pull off, not to say people don’t try. They sure nail it because they keep the beat simple, and the song sticks to the pop formula. This was an instant highlight and something that might be on one of our upcoming mixes.
The other tune I selected is the (old) Madonna esque “The Poor and the Genius.” I think the classic pop feel makes me think of Madonna before she became the mistress of Euro radio techno, is this what they call it? Anyway, it’s a really good song, that has all the right radio elements. This is another reason why I like Ohsowhy so much. She’s a great singer, and has real music chops, but isn’t too good to get in the mud and just have fun, being weird and exploring the abstract for the sake of being human. Well done sister.
~ Ryan Boos