Whispered melodic vocals adorn a rigid bassline at the onset of Hal St John’s radio edit of “Call My Name,” one of five remixes of the new song from acclaimed British duo ooberfuse out now everywhere that indie music is sold and streamed. The soft serenade is glistening, intoxicating even, but it’s only one of the many evocative elements to behold in this fantastically dreamy composition and the music video that was made to support the release of the pair’s latest studio cuts. There’s a lot of aesthetical substance to unpack in the extended play of remixes for “Call My Name” as well as in the video itself, and to be honest, it’s collectively some of the smartest material that I’ve seen from ooberfuse so far in their career together.
The music video has a homespun, unfanciful feel to it, as though it were candidly shot on an iPhone during a summer adventure through exotic lands both east and west. That said, in many ways it represents the identity of the band better than something a bit more polished would have. Ooberfuse strike me as the kind of act that doesn’t have any interest in playing to the status quo, and their music – much like their global touring schedule – isn’t limited by the same creative parameters that the output of their peers’ is. They take influence from across the pop music spectrum, incorporating textures and tones that appeal to people across continents and social classes – which, by all accounts, is no easy task to accomplish.
While “The Noise” and “Push The Frequency Festival Mix” remixes of “Call My Name” are a little experimental for my taste, they excellently demonstrate the creative depth of ooberfuse as a unit. This track is a multidimensional composition to begin with, and though Kennedy’s version of the single is absolutely my favorite, hearing the different ways that it can be manipulated to suit the needs of various audiences is quite the treat for an audiophile like myself. Whether you’re into electronica or alternative pop, there’s something to get into in the Call My Name EP, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this weren’t but the first of a couple batches of remixes that ooberfuse release for their latest song.
I can’t wait to hear more from this pair as they continue to grow into their sound. The last five years have gone by like a whirlwind for ooberfuse, as they’ve made their way across the world and left a trail of incredible music in their wake, but I’m not convinced that this is the best that they can give us. There’s still some untapped potential in their sound, some lingering questions to be solved in experimental studio sessions that could lead to even more success for their brand, and a single like “Call My Name” could go a long way towards establishing their sound as a mainstream contender in 2019. This is definitely one of my favorite indie releases of the summer thus far, and a great look for a duo that already boasts a splendid discography.