​2, 4, 6, 8… we appreciate OOFJ

Jenno Bjornkjær and Katherine Mills-Rymer, of Denmark and South Africa respectively, are the L.A.-based lovers making music as OOFJ. Since they met in New York while the former was working on the score for Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, the dream duo...

by Francesca Dunn
Nov 19 2014, 5:10pm

Sufficiently seduced by the swirling synths and breathy vocals of Snake Hips, the intensely psychedelic You're Always Good has both our minds and pulses racing. In short, listening to OOFJ is like having a really sexy nightmare that you won't want to wake up from. 2, 4, 6, 8… who do we appreciate? These orchestral sorcerers.

2 major inspirations:
Bladerunner The whole world was completely executed. It's a high piece of art.
Kid A Emotionality and distance and a very specific sound.

4 favourite examples of synth use:
David Bowie, This Is Not America
Washed Out, Feel it All Around 
Air, Sexy Boy
Prince, Ballad of Dorothy Parker

6 most OOFJ-like movie scenes:
Chinatown Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson meet in a restaurant, he has that ridiculous plaster on his nose. Sexual tension and the peculiar.
Last Tango In Paris When Brando goes and gets the butter. Intimacy.
The Big Lebowski The Dude lying on the couch talking to Jackie Treehorn. We played in that house (John Lautner house) the other day.
La Notteioni Giovanni and Valentina walk around the house flirting, existentially. Glamour and terror.
Khrustalyov, My Car! When the camera in one long shot weaves around the dinner party. We watched it on our first date in Brooklyn.
Holy Motors The motion capture scene. Aesthetics and loneliness.

8 fun facts about OOFJ:
1. We close our blinds all day everyday, until sundown. We work better like that.
2. Katherine has two extra bones in each of her pinkie fingers.
3. Jenno only wears white t-shirts from k-mart.
4. Our first album was made partly in a Swiss chalet, with decor from the 70's.
5. We love Salami. We brought back 8 giant salamis from Spain.
6. We collect lampshades to put bulbs in them, without bases.
7. Two vocal recordings for two songs of the upcoming album were made in South Africa with a wine bottle on the floor as a mic stand in Katherine's mom's house.
8. Jens used to rollerblade in New York with a Saxaphone strapped to his back (in the 90s).

Acute Feast is due for release via Fake Diamond in Spring 2015.


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