Dunedin/Melbourne experimental darkwave duo Ov Pain, comprised of Tim Player (Opposite Sex) and Renee Barrance (Élan Vital), have unveiled the second preview, titled “Daytripping”, from the upcoming sophomore album “The Churning Blue of Noon” due out, 12″ Vinyl & Digital, on August 2021 via Melbourne independent label it Records.
The new song mixes the Coldwave aesthetic of the band’s older work with a Shoegaze/Drone Psychedelic flair, accompanied by a trippy Music Video, directed by Joshua Watson, WL//WH is very pleased to premiere.
“Daytripping” is probably the most straightforward song we’d written for a while. If my memory serves me correctly I think we wrote everything, save the vocal-lyrics, on the spot. It just came out more or less fully formed. I think we were both revved up about trying to write a little banger that could sit beside G.A.M.S. or Mars or This Heat’s ‘Repeat’. Starting with a snare-less rock beat we add layer after layer. Renee’s vocals are at some kind of career-best here. Similarly, Renee’s synth work (though it can be and is a lot freer elsewhere) renders the post-punk image vivid and complete. I like playing this song because it was an experiment to make a thing out of percussion beyond simply a time keeping instrument while at the same time keeping some tight timing. Being quite an unnatural drummer this was a fair test of those relevant skills. – Tim
Relentless whirring and swooshing ceremonial drifts of mesmeric shadowy synth swathes switch midway into a vibrant, sweeping flow of glassy organ-like cathedral tones, amidst incisively scattered, cymbal-charged rhythmic sparseness, blending seamlessly with the bewitching call of immersive female vocals, pulling you into her long drawn out magnetic releases of cathartic chants and ritual hypnosis to shape-shift a meditative stream of consciousness suspended by physical breath, distant, familiar sounds, and visual manifestations into an all-encompassing sentient experience of “floating on another plane”.
Immersive female vocals pull you into long drawn out magnetic releases of cathartic chants and ritual hypnosis to shape-shift a meditative stream of consciousness suspended by physical breath, distant, familiar sounds, and visual manifestations into an all-encompassing sentient experience of “floating on another plane.”
Nebulous, nocturnal auras shift a mysterious substance with time-lapsed form and structure by filling in the enigmatic gaps of a forgotten snowfall. Dim light emerges from hideous liquid darkness to transform the mystical properties of primordial oil into a pair of pale, unformed masks devoid of identity yet scarred by age, to evoke unseen forces slowly seeping into a rebirth of reanimated flesh.
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