3/03/2008 'spirits' reviews
here are some selections from reviews of 'spirits', which is available for purchase in many parts of the world:
'OK Ikumi (a.k.a. Utah’s Karl Jorgensen) is a band in the business of beeps and bleeps, electronic squiggles and crunchy bass synths. They pull together to form gentle, dancy little pop tunes, with lyrics as wistful as the record’s opening line would suggest ("Let’s all move the forest,” Jorgenson sings faintly, his vocals buried, as usual, in the mix).'
'The emotional content is really the strongest aspect of Spirits. Songs like “Star Radio” and “True Ghosts,” which could have been easily transformed into dance hall thrashers, are instead grounded with subdued instrumentation and tempos, thus allowing the soul, or “spirit” of the song to come out.'
'Give yourself a big hug after listening to Utah’s OK Ikumi, whose Spirits is available on local Blue Bell Records. All the songs are synth and drum-machine electronic indie-pop ditties—some danceable, some spoonable.'
'Sur des rythmes synthétiques sautillants et jamais agressifs, Ok Ikumi tisse des petites ritournelles pétries de mélodies entraînantes, tandis que son chant distille une mélancolie bleutée, appuyé de chœurs féminins sensuels, en parfait contrepoint. Les chansons s’enchaînent ainsi sans jamais faillir tout au long de ces 13 morceaux, entre mini-tubes pour se trémousser béatement et morceaux qui invitent plus à l’oisiveté.'
' Though an occasional instrumental (e.g., “Reform”) breaks up the vocal-based flow, one guesses that Jørgensen's heart lies a little bit more in the latter than the former. “Relocation” starts out as a wonderland of arcade synths and handclaps before turning into a wistful ode to escape; likewise, an undercurrent of melancholy comes to the fore in “True Ghosts,” especially when Jørgensen's whisper gives way to a pretty piano melody. Packed with high-grade tunes like “Heart Not Stopping” and “The Common Good,” Spirits is fresh and pure synth-pop bliss straight from Jørgensen's Provo, Utah bedroom.'