The first Ooberman release for about 8 months is a 9-track mini-album. Lead track "Running Girl" has vocoders and acoustic guitars plus a few random noises at the start, but turns into a quite disturbing little ditty at the end with Sophia shouting 'Watch me run!' Elsewhere, there's the anthemic sing-a-long "We'll Know When We Get There" and the eerie "Ghosts"... 'Let's hang with the ghosts of Saturday night' Sophia sings... The Russian influenced "Here Come the Ice Wolves" is perhaps the least-Ooberman-y song on the EP. It's cold, magical and really quite good. Closing track "Alone At Last" is penned by guitarist Andy and is a soft piano track, bringing the EP to a soft close. This is Ooberman at their best. Although it's a lot different from previous work, you still know it's Ooberman and it has that distinctive feel. Well worth buying.
Runing girl, the mini album relased post Magic Treehouse is simply one of the most compact and beautiful albums around. Why Oob failed to make the big time we shall never know - but the huge delay in the production and release of Hey Pretunko probably contributed. Oob should be bigger than Coldplay right now. The arrangement and mixing of the album is superb, with some very memorable, highly melodic and develop tunes. "...Ice Wolves" is perhaps my favourite track on the album, followed by "Running Girl" - melody, shape and lyrics combine to make Indie tracks that say something and are artful.
Writing this review after the band have split up, after the long-awaited Hey Petrunko (which was also very good), I have more perspective on things. Yet every time I listen to this CD I find it better than before. This album is indeed very soft, and has a very night-time feel to it. But it is interesting stuff. Ghosts, Here Come The Ice Wolves and Follow the Sun are my favourite songs but all of them are excellent and the album flows beautifully. Not a contrasting album, very much a "mood" album but delicious music none the less.