Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ozarks - Ozarks (2012)

Okay, here's the big Ozarks post!  Ozarks is a band I'm in with my buddy and fellow Cowboy from Sweden Robbie Augspurger.  We've been playing music together for years now and a few years back we also started DJ-ing as the Cowboys from Sweden together, which ultimately influenced the kind of music we were writing and recording. Ozarks is kind of a big mash up of sounds inspired by all the songs we love from the 60s and 70s all put on to one album.  Highly influenced by late sixties and early seventies baroque pop groups (the Left Banke, Harry Nilsson, Badfinger, Beatles, Beach Boys, ELO, Zombies, Kinks etc..).  You get the idea.  This album is a combination of mostly brand new tracks recorded in the last year and a few very old tacks that we kept in the mix that date back about five years actually!  So during the past few years we have both been avid vinyl collectors, collecting mostly foreign pop, soundtracks, baroque pop and garage records from decades before, which ended up influencing a lot of our recent songs and production choices. In addition to all the 60s pop and British invasion influences, you may also hear some nods to musicians like Ennio Morricone, Lee Hazlewood, Scott Walker, Serge Gainsbourg and dozens of other composers and bands that we fallen in love with over the past few years.  Even though we pay tribute to many of these musicians, the music maintains a unique original sound. Robbie (who writes the songs) has a great talent for crafting songs that sound modern while simultaneously manage to sound like something from the past.  Lyrically the album varies between absurd and very personal.  Much of the album is pretty light hearted, but it still contains some songs about personal issues that come off as quite sincere. There is a dynamic rage of color and mood through out the 40 minutes of music contained on this LP, taking you on a little trip through light pastoral organ tunes, dark Italo-soundtrack atmospheres, mid tempo 70s guitar exploitaion, cowboy songs, densely orchestrated baroque pop songs, slow-motion liturgical grooves and dreamy cinematic ballads.  It's a bit odd writing about my own band, so I will leave it at that.  Hopefully you'll get the gist of what's going on here and check it out for yourself.  Since this is our debut album, I thought it would be nice to share it with my readers in order to to spread the word a bit before we start on the next album.  We sincerely hope you enjoy it.  I would greatly appreciate any feedback, so please feel free to comment! And if you like what you hear, please support us by purchasing the deluxe LP edition out now on Wil-Ru Records (which includes a 150 gram black vinyl 12", a full color LP jacket and full color two-sided insert and an Ozarks postcard that contains a download coupon for the massive digital version with lots of weird extra stuff!).

This is a 320 mp3 rip of the album which includes the cover scan and 3 Ozarks desktop graphics designed by yours truly!

Get it while you can, this link will only be available for for a limited time!  Thanks!

Link Removed - 08/27/2012


Gods_and_Monsters said...

Thank you so much for everything!! First I got to know so much great music through your blog, and now you even present your own album here... which is really really great! I instantly fell in love with it! And thank you also for having restarted to post her! Thank you thank you thank you! You're fantastic!

ΛΕΩΝ said...

This album is fantastic. It's a beautiful cool summer evening here in Montreal Quebec and here I am in my room listening to Red in Tooth and Claw. That's as far in as I am but I couldn't wait til the end to comment. Great to hear some of the same themes and touches that one hears in the older music that we love so well. Thanks for the great blog and this album.