by Oh Land


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Upon first listen, Wishbone, the third outing from Danish pop provocateur Nanna Øland Fabricius, better known as Oh Land, sounds like a singer/songwriter trapped inside a fully functioning pinball machine, all whirring, well-oiled gears, flashing bulbs, and carefully timed levers snapping into place, but multiple spins reveal a far more enigmatic voice. Oh Land's schizophrenic blend of girly club beats, icy electro-pop, and wistful balladry falls somewhere between Grimes, Lykke Li, Goldfrapp, and Robyn, and while it doesn't always work, it never stops working hard to get there. Released via Federal Prism, a boutique label run by Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio), Wishbone is at its best when it finds the middle ground between quirky and quixotic, as is the case on the resplendent opener "Bird in an Aeroplane" (and to a lesser extent its churning, less succinct midtempo sibling "Sleepy Town"), the coy, campy, and ultimately infectious single "Renaissance Girls," and the torchy "3 Chances," all of which frame Fabricius' enigmatic lyrics with exotic yet oddly familiar pop architecture in the vein of French/Finnish duo the Dø. For the most part, it's an imperfect yet perfectly acceptable collection of electrified modern pop curios that benefit from their ballet dancer turned green-haired pop princess creator's considerable panache. Less immediate however, is the Santigold-lite, forced dancefloor rave-up "My Boxer" and the wan, Killers-lite, radio-ready "Cherry on Top," though neither song is a deal breaker, especially when they're tempered by better versions of themselves like the Studio 54-kissed "Pyromaniac" and the stark and surprisingly quaint "Love You Better."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2013
Label: Federal Prism
UPC: 0851893005005
catalogNumber: 5005
Rank: 88558

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oh Land   Primary Artist
David Poe   Guitar
David Andrew Sitek   Instrumental
Dana Leong   Trombone
Owen Beverly   Guitar
Nathaniel Morton   Drums
Carolina Parra   Piano
Qarin Wikström   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Dunn   Trombone
Lillian Tornqvist   Harp
Vincent Chauncey   French Horn
Katrine Muff Enevoldsen   Choir, Chorus
Todd Simon   Brass
Michael Shobe   Trumpet
Eske Kath   Fonts
Nanna Øland Fabricius   Instrumental
Anna Mose   Choir, Chorus
Sophie Ziedoy   Choir, Chorus
Maylen Rusti   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Jimmy Harry   Composer
David Poe   Composer
Steve Fallone   Vocal Arrangements
Emanuel Kiriakou   Composer
Bent Fabricius-Bjerre   Harp Arrangement,Choir Arrangement
Sia   Composer
Sam Farrar   Composer
Dan Carey   Composer,Producer,Engineer
David Andrew Sitek   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
David Stoller   Engineer
Josh Edmondson   Engineer
Owen Beverly   Engineer
Julian Bunetta   Composer
Zeph Sowers   Engineer
Andros Rodriguez   Engineer
Grant Michaels   Composer
Michael Shobe   Brass Arrangment
Tore Nissen   Engineer
Eske Kath   Paintings
Nanna Øland Fabricius   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Evan "Kidd" Bogart   Composer
Danny Cheung   Engineer
Asger Carlsen   Cover Photo
Farra Matthews   Executive Producer
B14   Graphic Design
Wndbrd   Producer,Engineer

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