Saroos are the Berlin-based trio which involve Florian Zimmer (Ellicist, Driftmachine), Christoph Brandner (Lali Puna), Max Punktezahl (the Notwist) and that we introduced with 2013’s Return. Four years after Tardis, they announced the release of a new album. OLU will be out on March 6th via Alien Transistor and it is available to pre-order here.
Today we have the pleasure to premiere the new track “Tatsu Jam” which shows their psychedelic attitude which serves as a basis for the experimental composition. A fluid and dynamic electronic carpet which blends post-rock attitude, urban recalls and rough lines which give a powerful force to the overall melodic spirit of the track.
According to the press release, Deliberately breaking all the rules Mr. Hornby once famously outlined regarding the creation of homemade (tape) compilations, Saroos’ members indeed had the term “mixtape” on their minds while working on their latest full-length – albeit in the hip-hop sense: a sonic snack box, interconnected shots from the hip, something that just came together and immediately felt right.
Whereas hip-hop folks nowadays often use the vacuous term “project” in order to steer clear of the ontological debate caused by the almost synonymous use of album/mixtape, Florian Zimmer, Christoph Brandner, and Max Punktezahl, otherwise busy with The Notwist, Driftmachine & Lali Puna, stick to the classics: their new 16-track project “OLU” (Off Label Use) is, officially, still an album. But it’s wild and vibrant like a mixtape, interwoven like its cover: a seamless burst of ideas, impulsively combined to form a split-screen snapshot of recent moments and momentums.
Re-appropriating the term “Off Label Use” – which actually means: using prescription drugs in ways that aren’t mentioned on the instruction leaflet – in their own “off-label” way, Saroos never sounded more loose-limbed and elastic. Whereas the trio’s earlier releases were rather conceptual and homogenous, “OLU” indeed has a more loose, spur-of-the-moment feel, a spontaneous force at its core. Checking the weighty sci-fi inspirations at the door, they use that Bomb Shelter-type of freedom to reinvent themselves at every turn, chasing sounds that happened to emerge in the group’s triangular energy field.