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"ONES TO WATCH: o F F (electronic beats)"

Although still relatively new (outside the ADD-addled blogosphere anyway) the precocious quasi-genre Witch House has already broken and splintered into several distinct camps: the noisy and goth-obsessed, the barely-trying remixers, and the unapologetic pop worshippers. o F F is firmly in the latter camp. The project of Simon (1/2 of French duo oFF/GR†LLGR†LL and Gay Mormon Kissing Club), he retains the fragile melodies that characterized his past work while injecting his own pitch-shifted vocals that echo with the ghosts of half-forgotten R&B ballads.

After playing over a good chunk of Europe and collaborating live with a variety of friends including Kria Brekkan, he's releasing his new EP S E C R E T on Disaro this month. Four minimalist tracks all voice the theme of love, but whether it's new love or lost is left for the listener to decipher. Certainly the melodies aren't upbeat, but nor are they depressive; love has two sides, and like R. Kelly crooning from the depths of a watery grave, Simon knows both play a big part in any true ballad. o F F has a secret to tell you.

Open your ears and listen: - ELECTRONIC BEATS


"review disenchanted fairytale ep"

Accustomed to EPs being attractively brief, I’ve sampled this, the teensie-tiniest of EPs of supposed allegiance to Clan Destine Records, that place where that thing called “witch house” roams free. Just a hair over seven minutes, o F F’s Disenchanted Fairytale consists of four tracks total, the longest of which: a waif-ish two minutes and twenty seconds even. Like one of those painfully petite, bony people walking down the street, where I—in no hyperbolic way—wonder where they are storing their organs, this EP contains in its wick-thin frame a surprising lot of meaty, soulful R&B innards. With languorous, drenched beats and rich vocals, it ceases to feel anywhere near as anorexic as its track lengths, hazy black-and-white album art, and witch house descriptor would lead me to presume.

As measly as the EP length itself, measlier is any info one can gather on the band. o F F is Simon Guzylack, who also DJs as Gay Mormon Kissing Club and curates exhibits at CocoRosie’s art space, Mad Vicky’s Tea Gallery in Paris. Seemingly bent on obscurity, Disenchanted Fairytale is doled out by ClanDestine in a limited 50 cassettes. Meanwhile, the digital EP, fortunately, is available for purchase via Recorder’s bandcamp). That’s about it. Godspeed in Googling that shit.

“1995” opens the EP with slightly sloppy, wet drops of light, pathos-building piano chords, and equally wispy, equally echo-y vocals that seem to hit their expiration date over and over. These bits begin to turn into ponderous off-color tones, hitting a sudden disharmony. The EP’s airiness then turns on a dime toward deeply sultry, androgynous lows with rounded, indolent tones on “slowdowndowndown” (appropriately enough). Think Tracy Chapman or Antony & the Johnsons with a sudden (and awesome) hipness to Auto-tune, and think about these artists amidst a roomful of more ambient-noise distortion and what sounds increasingly, through the following tracks, like the blurred electro-equivalent of a rainstick.

Moving into an unexpected shuffle-and-slide rhythm, “brokenpartstogether”’s bass reverberates deeply; it sounds like someone poking randomly at synthesizer keys while Auto-tuned vocals are brought ever-closer to their true dancefloor potential. For about a minute. A beautifully, gloomily concocted moment, it passes all too soon, dissipating into tissue-thin layers of echo. Most especially, it’s the track that leaves an appreciable sense of something left wanting.

Closing track “missthemway” bears the EP’s longest length and its darkest vocals yet. Reaching the absolute bottom of the baritone range, the voices are almost too lush to function beneath the contrastingly weightless claps of rhythm. A touching use of piano, as in the opening track, surfaces. In this final instance, fleshing the song out with a calming mid-tone and reassuring backbone—instead of returning to the heartstring-yanking notes of yearning on which the album began—carries Fairytale to a comfortable (if a little morose) retire.

While the heart wants a follow-up to extend and finish what the previous songs got started, the EP is a unique experience and a uniquely filling addition to my undernourished concept of witch house. If you’ve been seeking a taste of what ClanD estine’s got brewing, Disenchanted Fairytale is both one of the daintiest of tonguings and, however petite, a simultaneous stick-to-your-ribs, sumptuous sampler platter of the label’s more soulful side. And if you’re just looking to Auto-tune the witch house, well, it pretty much satiates that, too.
- cokemachineglow


"notes from the underground / o F F"

The Berlin-based French musician known as o.F.F. performed his brand of sensitive, semi-ambient electronic R&B for a small crowd in at Faktory in Reykjavik, Iceland, last week. Shrouded in a yin yang patterned scarf tucked into his baseball hat, o.F.F. crooned of lost loves and their workings on his heart, while Kira Brekkan, his special guest for the evening, writhed stage left, contributing soft sound effects. o.F.F. wandered into the crowd, presenting red roses to select beautiful young Icelanders, delicately painting a picture of himself as a lover, not a fighter. - new york times (t magazine)


Discography

2010. o F F / gr†llgr†ll emodancers video
2011. o F F disenchanted fairytale ep (recorder)
2011. o F F / gr†llgr†ll emodancers 7' (clandestine)
2011. o F F secrets ep (disaro)

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Born as a broken heart mixing his love for slow dance music, RnB inspired broken beats and fragile and repetitive autotuned voices. o F F throbs sharp beats, dusty melodies and melancholic fragrances into a luminescent grey sadness. Disenchanted Fairytales vocodes introspective torments upon organic slomo lost tracks as ‘Cinderella’ realises the charming prince might not be real.