Band of the Week – Ohbijou
Am I crossing over weeks here? I don’t know and I DAMN WELL DON’T CARE. I just had to blog about this band. They’re fucking miiiindblowing and unsigned, most definitly by choice though. Maybe you’ve heard the name floating around the indie ether, this week’s band of the week is…
No, I’m not 100% on how to pronounce it either but DAMN these guys kick ass. Fronted by the Mecija sisters, Ohbjou is a Toronto based seven-peice that makes gorgeous orchestral indie pop comme The Arcade Fire except less concerned with politics, more interested in flowers and pretty colours… They swing more towards the pretty-pop of Sufjan Stevens with the brilliant string arrangements of a Final Fantasy. I would describe them as gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous….
Unfortunately, because they’re not signed, obtaining their album is made somewhat more difficult than it is with most amazing artists we hear about(that are signed…). However, the four songs on their myspace are convincing enough. The keystones of contemporary indie pop are very present along with some nice bits to distinguish them. The twin vocal harmonies of the Mecija sisters are mesmerizing. The strings don’t sound bigger than an arcade fire but they sound amazingly refined and fantastically placed. The music swells and descends fantastically, it’s kinda sexy actually…
Look, STOP READING!!! Just go to their myspace and check out the songs and if you’re not lured into their pretty world of wonder and loveliness than I give up. You might want to double check if you’re human though.