NYC dream pop band Oh Halo are mixing dark poetry with accessible sonic tapestries on their new album Burden Of Light. All three band members are multi-instrumentalists, giving them ample opportunity to search for the best vibe for each song. Driven forward by the vocals of lyricist Julie Dicterow, who sounds like a mix of Evagelia Maravelias (Elika) and Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds), it is a record on which water is the key element, as a soothing and potentially lethal force.
With songs about dealing with medicine dependence (Bring Down Waterfall) and pain (Turn Me Around) this is a serious batch of tracks. Charlie Nieland (bass, guitar) used all his skills as a producer to ensure that the overall sound is open-ended and inviting, carefully balancing the heavy-handed lyrics with the soft-spoken music - another feat of light and shade that has made them an underground favourite in their niche.
Julie Dicterow: Vocals, Boss VE-20 Vocal Processor, Yamaha Grand Piano, Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Roland Lucina AX-09 Synth, Korg MS 20 Synth, Logic V2 Synth, Sylenth Synth, MTron Piano & Flute, Percussion
Marcy Hokama: Yamaha Grand Piano, Glockenspiel, MTron Violins, Brass, French Horn & Vibes, Miroslav Philharmonik Piano, Soniccouture Xtended Piano, Logic EVP-88 Electric Piano
Charlie Nieland: Rickenbacker 4003 Bass, Fender Jazz Bass, Vantage Fretless Bass, NS NXT Upright Electric Bass, Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar picked and bowed, Joe Morrell Pro Lap Steel Guitar, Roland GR-33 Guitar Synth, Drums, Percussion
- Far To Fall
- Bring Down Waterfall
- Blue Bell
- Dream Without Birds
- Turn Me Around