14 Apr 2019

Echoes and Dust reviews Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation's Sacred Dreams

They say:

Sacred Dreams is the first album by Josefin Ohrn + The Liberators since their move from Stockholm to London and was largely recorded at Press Play Studios run by Andy Ramsay of Stereolab, who also produced and performed on the album, along with a new bunch of Liberators, including Maki of Go Team and Ben Ellis, who has previously worked with Iggy Pop and Swervedriver. Not surprisingly, themes of change and travel are present throughout the album, which also contains a few fresh sonic adventures.

Like any self-respecting Echoes And Dust writer, I was aware of Öhrn and the bands’ previous work as they are on Rocket Recordings, whose roster is pretty much all required listening. I hadn’t, though, up till now really listened to full albums. I knew that would change once I heard lead out single ‘Desire’. Darker and bolder than anything they have recorded before ‘Desire’ is full on electro-filth, with staccato drums and throbbing bass, like Goldfrapp at their most confrontationally sexy. During the verses Öhrn sings in French, a tactic she’s employed previously on ‘Rainbow Lollipop’ for 2016’s Mirage, but where that was all faux naïf tease, and deliberately recalled Serge Gainsbourg, this is modern, urgent and more ambitious. It leads you to believe the band are ready to stage a full-on assault on the dancefloor, but actually the rest of album largely returns to more familiar territory...

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