By Matthew Mahoney
Nanna Øland Fabricius, who goes by the stage name of Oh Land, arrived briskly onto the Bowery Ballroom stage on Oct. 21 for CMJ.
Oh Land, the twenty-nine year-old Danish indie-pop singer, who currently lives in Brooklyn, was the headliner of the Paradigm CMJ Showcase, which also included sets from Sons of an Illustrious Father, Corbu and Walking Shapes.
Walking Shapes, a five-piece rock group from New York City, riled up the crowd for forty-five minutes prior to Oh Land’s arrival. Their unique blend of styles seemed to pull from many different influences. One song featured both a didgeridoo sounding beat and a violin solo. Needless to say, Walking Shapes kept things interesting and upbeat.
Dressed in a sheer dress with skeletal markings and her stage name written across the chest, Oh Land was backed by a guitarist, a drummer and a synth player, along with Oh Land playing the piano accompaniment for several of the songs. Oh Land, who is preparing to release her fourth album “Earth Sick” on Nov. 11, was quite excited to debut many of her new songs from her forthcoming album, which was funded by fans via her account at Pledge Music.
Several of the songs, including the first single and only song that’s been released thus far off of the album, “Head Up High,” sound like Oh Land’s second and third album with a bit more of an electronic influence. However, some of the other new songs have a darker tone to them.
Title track, “Earth Sick,” was very brooding, an adjective that would not apply to her earlier work, which for the most part was optimistic and energetic.
The hour-long set was closed by Oh Land’s most well known tracks, off of her second album, “Son of a Gun” and “White Nights,” however the set list consisted of mostly new tracks and songs from last year’s “Wishbone.”
Matthew Mahoney is a staff writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org