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The Churning Blue of Noon

by Ov Pain

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Dunedin/ Melbourne duo Ov Pain’s (Renee Barrance, Tim Player) sophomore album The Churning Blue of Noon is an arcane and fascinating mosaic of musical styles and tenebrous aesthetics. Delving into deeper and darker places than the frigid coldwave/ post-punk of their 2017 debut.

The intervening years between the two records have seen the pair take on new instruments and explore new modes of musical expression. The band say they were listening to a lot of vocal-less music, in particular drone and free jazz, and were incorporating more improvisation into their live show and writing process. The result is a record of experimental, psychedelic dark-wave that envelopes the listener in a languid wave of gothic drone. Both Barrance and Player take turns at vocals, and both their vocal styles, though very different, bring to mind incantations. The whole record has a mystical, transcendental quality. Ov Pain weave a soundscape thick and heady, lyrics spelling out a cryptic largely first-person narrative, that plays the dystopic off against the euphoric. This tactic is at play throughout the album both thematically and stylistically. The listening experience is all-encompassing and cathartic. The Churning Blue of Noon is a dark and beautiful work, a record to lose yourself in.

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released August 20, 2021

CREDITS:
Recorded by Simon Maisch at Magnet Studios, Coburg, Melbourne/Naarm.
Mixed Simon Maisch
Mastered Forbes Williams
Cover Art Fraud Monet
Design Emily Porter

Ov Pain are Renee Barrance & Tim Player from Aotearoa/New Zealand

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Ov Pain Dunedin, New Zealand

Comprised of partners Renee Barrance (Élan Vital) and Tim Player (Opposite Sex), OV PAIN have been working out of Dunedin, New Zealand, for the past 12 months and are currently touring in Germany. they lay waste to that imbecilic notion that new possibilities within rock and roll are destined to be staid bloated rituals engineered in pursuit of a cheap buck or a quick fuck. ... more

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