`Without Your Love' is the debut album from the mysterious oOoOO, aka Chris Dexter from San Francisco. oOoOO's music is one from the night, Dexter combines sugar-coated pop songs with doom aesthetics, nocturnal RnB songs for the dark souls amongst us.
The opening `Sirens' is a majestic introduction to oOoOO's world, an atmospheric melody is punctuated by haunting vocals and deep bass claps. `Stay Here', '3:51′, `Without Your Love' and `On It' all have an off-putting pop familiarity, as oOoOO borrows heavily from many musical sources.
The spectral `Crossed Wires' will scare you silly with its reversed vocal splices, the hypnotic dub of `Mouchette' briefly dazzle, and `The South' is a gloriously monumental hip-hop instrumental crying out for Cannibal Ox to rap over it. The end of the album falls flat with the disappointing interlude '5:51′, and the tediously paced `Across The Sea' with its sprinkling of piano and pitched-down vocals.
`Without Your Love' is half-filled with the strangest pop songs you'll hear this year, tragic love songs carefully distorted in all sorts of ways. oOoOO's melancholy sound is stuck in-between darkness and beauty, in typically refined and atmospheric gothic splendour. Dexter has an ear for atmosphere, melody and song structure, although I'm not entirely convinced `Without Your Love' will appeal to many.