Brought to you by The Corner and NZ On Air, Awesome Feeling 8 is an online event running through NZ Music Month 2014, culminating in the release of a free downloadable compilation of 12 New Zealand songs and the words written about them. Every couple of days, we’ll be posting streaming+downloadable tracks from emerging local artists, accompanied by artist and track profiles authored by Corner contributors.
If you made it to this year’s Chronophonium Festival there’s a good chance you would’ve caught electronic three-piece Ao Olm, tearing it up on the main stage with their woozy and propulsive rhythmic psychedelia, the perfect lead-in to a night of crazy dancing (by me) and fully in their element among the buzzy on-stage projections and props. Self-described as “currently a one-celled organism”, Ao Olm is the project of Auckland-via-Canada multi-instrumentalist James Risbey, joined live by dancer Georgie Goater and Lucy Beeler (of Lttle Phnx fame). They’ve been building up steam with a clutch of super-fun live shows around Auckland under their belt, their friendly & colourful rhythms a refreshing contrast to Auckland’s traditionally scuzzier musical offerings.
Ao Olm’s Awesome Feeling contribution ‘A Thousand Mirrors’ – recorded exclusively for this series – encapsulates their expansively polyphonic/holographic sound to a tee. When asked about the track, Risbey’s answers free flow from the id. “This song is about pushing through. Even if my feet aren’t real. I wonder sometimes what the best course of action is. I think they try to trap me sometimes. Move. With anything.” With a jaunt to Canada/USA on the horizon and a new EP coming up soon, Risbey states Ao Olm will be based in and performing around NZ for the foreseeable future “New Zealand is now home. People are inspiring here.”
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