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Psychedelic stalwarts Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation used to call beautiful Stockholm their home but now they've relocated to stinking London and developed round them a gang of London hotshots. It will be interesting to hear how this has affected their sound  - Josefin herself goes rambling all over the place trying to explain what is at the hub of the record. I'm still no clearer - safe to say though that we'll hear plenty of deep space rock vibes and vintage electronic pulses.  

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Sacred Dreams by Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 24 April 2019

Has anyone ever tied themselves in such knots trying to explain the meaning of an LP as Josefin Ohrn does in the press release to the third LP by her space rock collective?.."a sacred dream, the way we see it, is not necessarily a golden fluffy cloud river, but instead also contains all the shadows that need to be seen" is just part of the endless piece. An easier and more understandable statement could read something like "we just wanted to sound a bit like that last Jane Weaver LP".

For Ohrn and her gang make the sort of gentle but insistent space rock that has its roots in the 1970s pulse of Neu and Can which on opener Feel the Sun is rather charmingly done showing all the vintage synth bleeps and dream-like vocals that you would expect from such an undertaking. There's more 'feeling;' going on in I Can Feel It which is the time that it's possible that Ohrn is getting as muddled with the music as she is explaining it. What could be a kind of high energy I Feel Love disco opus gets all kinds of tangled up in itself and the repetitive vocal hook is not hooky enough to justify its insistent delivery.  She tries singing in French on Desire but realising that isn't helping goes back to English. 

Sacred Dreams moves on from the Broadcast-y sounds on much loved predecessor Mirage bringing in an insistent dance pulse but this is much closer to Goldfrapp's than anything else. Perhaps realising that the listener needs an ear break from pulsing discotheque they turn into the Velvet Underground on Hey Little Boy, the Durutti Column on Only Lovers and T Rex on Baby Come On but there's a fine line between drugged up insouciance and terminal boredom and this confused album lacks the killer hooks and inspired lyrics to hit as hard as it needs to.    

9/10 Pitcarity Customer rating (no review), 9th May 2019


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