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Oberhofer Chronovision

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Oberhofer Chronovision on LP    

Memories can be inspiring or stifling, alluring or ugly, wistful, joyous or flat. But what if they all come rushing back in a moment of quiet? You’re in headphones, zoned out, and your entire life flashes before your eyes, floods your ears, sounds like a screaming orchestra, feels like a bounding sack of lead, and looks like an unholy filmic mashup of David Cronenberg and Ken Burns. This is Chronovision, a high-concentration dose of pure memory. 

When it came time to make his second proper album under the Oberhofer name, the Tacoma-raised, New York-based artist had a great deal to draw from. His almost idyllic youth - mom sang opera; dad sailed boats; family lived on a gulch; deer and fox munched blueberries outside - had recently smashed up against harsh reality. One day while home for a brief respite from touring his 2012 debut Time Capsules II, Oberhofer woke to find his roommate dead, in the bathroom, of a heroin overdose. He had to call his friend’s boyfriend and break the news. Then, a mere three days later, he had to clear out all of his belongings and drive his band to Lollapalooza.

Such events seem to cast all else in a severe light, so while you’ll hear Oberhofer’s familiar sound - amped psych-pop with orchestral flourish, New Wave flare, and grungy fuzz - the intensity has been ratcheted up. The brighter moments are more brilliant, almost manically so, and the darker hues have deepened in kind. Certain samples, keyboard runs, and piano figures evoke calliope - circus music, conjuring innocence and madness in turn. And our host is as apt to channel the bliss of Brian Wilson’s SMiLE as he is the blooming melancholia of early Grandaddy. The ghosts of Lou Reed and Del Shannon lurk these halls, too.

Oberhofer Chronovision Track Listing: 

1.  Chronovision
2.  Nevena
3.  Together/Never
4.  Memory Remains
5.  Someone Take Me Home
6.  Sea Of Dreams
7.  Ballroom Floor
8.  White Horse, Black River
9.  Me 4 Me, 
10. Sun Halo
11. What You Know
12. Listen To Everyone

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