When a band’s members all come from backgrounds as diverse as classical piano, electronica, prog and hard-rock, and if they manage to pull it all together in a consummate fashion to create a unique sound, you would be safe to guess that the band was Norway’s OAK. And, with their latest full-length album “False Memory Archive” due out on Karisma Records on the 19th October, the Pop/Rockers have released the title track as a single, about which they have this to say:
If you are somewhat loose with everyone’s conception of what ‘Pop’ actually is, then the track “False Memory Archive” is the album’s pop leitmotif, which still unmistakably sounds like OAK. It also happens to be the album’s title track and, as such, it serves as a kind of introduction to the theme of the whole album. It is a song that appears light and happy in its expression, but all the while it still contains its fair share of darkness
The track “False Memory Archive” is available from, or can be heard at http://smarturl.it/OakFMA
Since starting out as a folk-rock duo, and releasing their 2013 debut album “Lighthouse”, OAK’s lineup of Øystein Sootholtet (Bass, guitars, banjo, keys & programming), Simen Valldal Johannessen (vocals, piano, keys & lyrics), Sigbjørn Reiakvam (drums, percussion, programming & keys), Ole Michael Bjørndal (guitars) and Stephan Hvinden (guitars), have made considerable strides as both musicians and songwriters as their sophomore album demonstrates.
There is still a nod in the direction of the debut full-length, but “False Memory Archive” is both darker and groovier , whilst retaining that successful amalgam of sound that is neither wholly progressive pop, nor wholly progressive rock, but which is absolutely trademark OAK and is comprised of catchy elements and stunning vocal harmonies, which create that unique duality that defines them as a band.
“False Memory Archive” was recorded in Oslo at the Ljugekroken Studio and the Tøyen Church, and was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren and OAK at the Fascination Studios. With front cover artwork by Lisa Love and design by Deformat, and featuring a guest appearance on guitars by Bjorn RIIS, tracklisting for “False Memory Archive” is as follows:
- We, The Drowned
- Claire De Lune
- False Memory Archuve
- Lost Causes (Bjorn Riis guesting on guitar)
- The Lights
- These Are The Stars We’re Aiming For
- Transparent Eyes
- Psalm 51
“False Memory Archive” will be released in CD, Digital and Crystal Clear Vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order at: