Oï les Ox – Crooner qui coule sous les clous
Currently spending the holiday entranced by the stunning, dreamlike debut full-length from Brussels-based artist Aude Van Wyller, aka Oï les Ox. Operatic in theme and scope, and made up of four sprawling parts -- each comprising multiple distant, exploratory transmissions and genre-defying sound collages -- the record follows (according to Van Wyllere), "a totalitarian governor who forces people to dance to music she broadcasts 'at some hours of the day and of the night.'" It's such a vast and seemingly fathomless work that it feels surreal and a bit overwhelming/disorienting upon first listen, but repeat plays reveal an eerily beautiful and ethereal avant-pop gem with much to discover in its misty nooks and crannies. The limited tape sold out instantly when it dropped yesterday, but you can listen to the record below, and download it here.