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Listen To Ov Pain's New Album 'The Churning Blue Of Noon'

Listen To Ov Pain's New Album 'The Churning Blue Of Noon'

Chris Cudby / Monday 23rd August, 2021 10:58AM

Now based back in Australia after a stay in Aotearoa last year, Dunedin / Melbourne duo Ov Pain (Renee Barrance and Tim Player) unveiled their second album The Churning Blue of Noon late last week. A majestic and somber sonic portal to delve deep within while NZers currently have a little more time on their hands, Ov Pain actively defy categorisation on the record — brewing up a bubbling cauldron of darkly psychedelic electronic dronescapes, free sax squalling and shadowy vocal pronouncements. The pair discussed the themes and aims of The Churning Blue of Noon in an illuminating statement over on their Facebook page about the album's cover artwork, provided by Tāmaki Makaurau's Fraud Monet...

"...Within the frame of the 12” album cover, Monet’s work appears neither compromised nor didactic, important considerations both members of Ov Pain prioritised when the time came to choosing an image to house the seven tracks inside. Given the affect Ov Pain’s music seems want to bring to the surface, Monet’s visual image is the perfect comrade-in-dislocation to fight the war against everything that wants to narrow, dilute and fix meaning to a measly recital norms. Monet tends toward the difficult, aggravated souls that find it impossible to sit still, and in dredging the depths the artist brings before us an index of othered fragments of Noire. Indeed, as Monet states when asked about the particular work: “It’s a disintegration of meaning... that’s all I’d say”. Which is the sort of response you’d expect from either Renee or Tim, presently or at any time."

'The Churning Blue Of Noon' is out now digitally and on limited edition 12" vinyl LP, orders available via Ov Pain's Bandcamp page here.


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