Oyama

Oyama are a young Icelandic five-piece, making dreamy shoegaze influenced noise-rock. Their compelling songs are built on multi-layered guitars that shimmer and roar, and sweetly discordant vocal harmonies that echo around the mind long after the song is over.

Their languid, brooding sound has found influential fans in John Kennedy at XFM (who selected them as his X-Posure Hot One at the station), Paul Artrocker (for whom they did a Resonance FM live session) and critics at KEXP, The Quietus, Drowned In Sound, Amazing Radio, Ja Ja Ja, The Line of Best Fit and Clash Magazine, to name but a few.

After a busy period that saw them play showcase festivals and introductory shows all over Europe, including Eurosonic, by:Larm, The Great Escape, Club NME, Ja Ja Ja and Air D'Islande, the band retreated into the studio in 2014 for an intensive period of writing and recording.

The results are ear-opening: "Coolboy" is a marked progression from their self-recorded "I Wanna" EP, moving on from the distorted wall of sound towards a deep and dreamy soundscape. Produced by Petur Ben at Sundlaugin (aka "the Sigur Rós studio") and mixed by Magnus Øder, the album was sonically ambitious from the start.

 

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