Try walking in my Shoegaze

The volcanic nations Japan and Iceland have a lot in common. Both enjoy fish & whales, but most of all, their inhabitants love indie music, and many Icelandic bands are quite Big in Japan. Much better than being Big in Belgium… So it is not uncommon that an Icelandic album is released in the land of the rising sun. Producer Pétur Ben took 5-piece band Oyama by the hand to some studios. Bergur Thomas Anderson (bass, vocals), Júlía Hermannsdóttir (vocals, keyboards), Kári Einarsson (guitar), Rúnar Örn Marinósson (drums), and Úlfur Alexander Einarsson (vocals, guitar) already released an EP back in January 2013: “I Wanna”. “Coolboy”, the first full album, is loaded with dreamy tunes, sort of shoegaze 2.0. Released on the infamous Icelandic label 12 Tónar as well as on the Japanese label Imperial Records. But Pétur Ben injected some indierock and post-rock substances in Oyama’s bloodstream. Song 1 is a fantastic opener, I see a Coolboy that tries to make a snowman out of “Old Snow”. Track V, “Overflow”, is my favourite tune from the album. Song VIII, a strange choir intermezzo has the best title I’ve seen this year: “Don’t be sad because of people, they will all die”. “Coolboy” takes you “Sweet Ride” on a backseat, while eating lots of candy and listening to some mellow shoegaze. Overall, a great album, filled with groovy guitars and vocals. “Coolboy” is without any doubt a Kool thing!

– Wim Van Hooste

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