- Release Date 2016-09-23
- Label Crammed Discs
- Catalog CRAM2661
o promo CDs available
o 1st video premiered by Nowness
o 2nd video: "Space Diaspora" out in September
o concerts: launch gigs in Europe Fall 2016, tour Spring 2017
o short bio, and sound on the link below
After wowing audiences at major festivals across many countries for the last couple of years, the original and creative duet consisting of Ghanaian-Swiss vocalist & musician Joy Frempong and producer & musician Lleluja-Ha are back with new songs from another world.
OY's new album is a space opera - highly danceable avant-garde, based on a core of vocal loops, electronica and drumming. It tells the story of mankind's prosperous future on a planet called 'Space Diaspora' on which humans finally developed the ability to learn from their mistakes.
Life on Space Diaspora is a reflection and a distortion of our own struggling world, conveying sentiments of modern alienation and transnational identity. OY's thoughtful and humorous, tongue-in-cheek approach looks back at current times from the vantage point of a chaos-driven but blooming society in our own future. A vision which elicits tears as well as smiles, and praises the huge potential of the in-between.
The Space Diaspora fable is a framework which enables OY to make use of their multiple talents and create a playful and imaginative opus, bursting with melodies carried by Joy Frempong's formidable voice. As voices have remained the strongest form of communication throughout history, the album's electronic core is built out of transformed vocal samples. They reappear in synthesized form - as melodies, chords or patterns - backing the band's reflections on transhumanism, diaspora or transculturation. The resulting sound could be described as a futuristic blend of rebellious tribal jazz and electronica, which the band call "Oyxploitation"...
Initial pre-release concerts in Paris, Fes and London have generated great media reactions, with comparisons to Laurie Anderson, Grace Jones and MIA, and a show described as 'a vi- sual and utopian universe', 'a spectacle that cheers up listeners', 'a captivating performance pitched somewhere between preaching and performance art', and 'a set that confirms to us that music is a power, a force'.
The broad musical background of the co-writers ranges from underground experiments to composing for contemporary theatre and reflects that, for them, there is just one love: music as an entity. OY face the absurdity of life with humour, they share with generosity and invite listeners to participate in their musical journey.
This album is an ode to those who move, and an invitation for people to let go of fears and use their imagination to travel far. After all, in spite of all technological inventions, the farthest we can travel is still with our minds. -- OY
From previous press on OY
"A thoughtful and elegant synthesis of electronica, hip hop and pop" (MOJO, UK) "Eccentric, nomadic and colour-saturated music" (Les In