Reviewed by Pete M
/ Submitted 13-06-23 17:17
Label: Desert Trax
Is Ocoyo by Iyakuh an electronic album? Well, not strictly but it depends what you mean. There are certainly electronic elements entwined within its cavernous tracks but its more of an ambient album with just a hint or two of organic nature elements within.
To say Ocoyo is cavernous is no exaggeration. Six tracks make up the Ocoyo landscape and three of them go beyond 10 minutes. Its on Desert Trax, which is a label well known for its other-worldly, but still dancey, wares. This one. however, is a still-water colossus of sound; not unlike Liquid Bloom or Tylepathy.
The whole adventure is pretty lengthy, despite its track number, so there's a lot to do in its content, The tapestries it weaves are filled with wonder. Its not your typical electronic album. In fact, its a, well, beautifully conceived and executed project that definitely lives up to the Desert Trax mantra of Music Beyond Borders. Filling it with bird samples and other sounds found in nature is a wonderful example of how the label captures the essence of electronic music and, on some releases, uses it for something other than 4/4 thumpathons.
Of its six tracks, Oco is my fave, the opener. Its like you're walking into the dense forest and encountering indigenous people who create these sounds while you watch; careful not to disturb or distract. Tribal rhythms and percussion come through on the second track. Its actually really chilled out and very atmospheric; not allowing the percussion to take control.
Is Ocoyo worth it? If, like me, you dig electronic music with sounds of nature; which seems to have a life of its own, you will seriously be at home. The whole album is magical and I mean that. Its actually one of the coolest long players on Desert Trax. And, to be fair, there's been a fair few of those over the years, not least Breath by Desert Dwellers and Porangui's self-titled album.
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