Few records this year, so far, are as wondrous, pointed and odd as Mary Ocher's The West Against The People. Produced with Faust's Hans Joachim Irmler, there is a dreamy motorik groove that guides some tracks — especially those with percussion duo Your Government — but the album reaches across synth-pop, psych-rock, folk and ambient music with an obsidian glaze.
"To The Light" comes in two forms, a woozy piano version and this synth- and organ-driven rendition that feels trapped under ice. The swirling combination of Ocher's underwater voice manipulation and Your Government's psychedelic polyrhythms come off like The Knife lurking in the grooves of the sole 1968 record from innovative space-rockers The United States Of America.
A filmmaker and documentarian herself, the Moscow-born, Tel Aviv-raised, and Berlin-based musician and multimedia artist often makes her own music videos, but here teams up with Robin Lochmann for what he calls a "rural Gothic vibe, with creepy portraits where something is off, creating a sense of unease as villagers listen to their spiritual guide."
The video was shot in Ireland and by the German-Polish border over December and January, and, Ocher tells NPR, was inspired by The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari.
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