The West Against The People
The fourth album from Russia-born, Israel-raised, Berlin-based singer-songwriter Mariya Ocheretianskaya, aka Mary Ocher, engages with a complex tangle of ideas that include immigration, intersectionality and the fear of the unknown. In an accompanying essay of the same title, the multimedia artist lays out her theory on the West’s “hierarchy of discriminations” while railing against Europe’s increasing xenophobia.
The West Against The People was produced with Faust’s Hans-Joachim Irmler and is as sonically dense as it is politically potent. Songs roll through organ drone and monastic chanting, Iranian-flavoured surf guitar riffs, while taking in krautrock drums, cavernous post-punkisms and the minimal electronics of Ocher’s adopted homeland. Her putty-like voice plunges you into underwater dreamworlds and places you’ve never even heard of before. Karen O once said that Ocher gave her “the chills”. She’s not wrong. ACW
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