ALBUM REVIEW: Josefin Öhrn and The Liberation – Sacred Dreams | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 26.04.19

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For the best part Josephin Öhrn’s Sacred Dreams is a pretty good common ground between an immensely tasteful set of reference points. At times it indulges in krautrock, but never quite with the same freewheeling abandon as Broadcast or contemporary Jane Weaver. Indeed, Sacred Dreams feels like something Alisson Goldfrapp would make if she were to push the boat out a little more.

Saying that, it’s a fairly aesthetically unfocused record. Baby Come On dips its toes into the water of delta blues, I Can Feel it is a bona-fide club-friendly earworm that Robyn would be proud of. There are nods to Serge Gainsbourg and Doug Yule-era Velvet Underground, in many ways at the expense of any defined sense of identity or throughline, which isn’t particularly helped by the banality of the lyrics on the record. It’s a satisfying, sonically ambitious record, which unfortunately doesn’t exceed the status of being ‘quite pleasant’

 

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