The extended play of remixes for “Call My Name” by ooberfuse
If you’ve been following indie pop on the international level lately, then you’ve probably heard a little of what ooberfuse bring to the table with their intricately designed blend of alternative rock rhythm and electronic, often synthesized, harmonies, which are aptly captured in the all-new single “Call My Name” and its five stunning remixes. In the last decade, the construct of music scenes as we know it has fallen to ruins, giving way to a globalized culture of artists and producers that have no interest in restricting their creativity to the localized boundaries that once gave genres like electronica, rock and pop their very definition, and few acts epitomize this collective shift in the industry like ooberfuse does. The music video for “Call My Name” is a firsthand tour through the colorful cities and distant countries that this pair of melody makers have wandered in the last few years whilst sharing their unique strain of boisterous beats, and within the song’s instrumental fabric, we find an accessible gateway to an evolved sound unlike any other that I’ve heard this summer.
The extended play of remixes for “Call My Name” starts off with the black and white “Paul Kennedy Radio Edit,” which bleeds everything but the bass dry of any texture other than the harsh discord that the drums effortlessly deliver. It’s not nearly as layered a take on the song as the “Patrik Kambo Radio Edit” is, which puts all of the focus on the elegant vocal in the eye of the sonic storm (much in the same way that the “Hal St John Radio Edit” does). The “Push The Frequency Festival Mix” and “The Noise” boast the most excess, but they never drift into overindulgent territory for even a second – each of these tracks, as experimental as some of them get, was meticulously structured as to keep the audience engaged from start to finish. Though some are a little more radio-ready than others, together they form a patchwork of artistic wonderment that is truly ooberfuse’s and ooberfuse’s alone, and considering the amount of recycled material that I’ve been sifting through this season, that’s something for these two to be very proud of.
While I’m more than certain that ooberfuse haven’t reached their creative peak yet, Call My Name is one of their most intellectually rousing efforts to date, and a fine addition to their overall body of work in general. The UK underground is producing some really intriguing indie gems this year, and despite the stiff competition that they face from American surrealists and crossover composers, duos like this one are ensuring that the lion’s share of our attention remains transfixed on the European circuit this summer. I doubt that this will be the last time that their work is making headlines on both sides of the pond, but for now, the music video for “Call My Name” and its accompanying extended play of the same name should be considered required listening among discriminating alternative music buffs who have been looking for something sleek, sexually-charged and aesthetically sophisticated to change things up this season.