MAJA OSOJNIK: LET THEM GROW 2xLP/CD Rock is Hell Records / Unrecords
Residing in Austria, Slovenian-born Osojnik works as a composer of electro-acoustics and improvised sound sources. On album however, she does work with other musicians and programmers to formulate something less haphazard than her press release pertains to.
First and foremost I was surprised at just how vocally this album is driven. Maja has a rich array of styles; but for the most part they resonate at a low pitch and flirt with a welcoming eccentricity. Musically speaking, ‘Let them Grow’ utilises noise soundscapes, drones and sound oscillations, alongside crafted field recordings and electronics; and surprisingly none of this falls apart at the seams.
Osojnik displays the ability to schizophrenically switch between commercial harmonies and brutal power electronics at will; with the visceral screams of “Here’s your fucking pop song!” on ‘Condition 1’, to the sublime cabaret of ‘Nothing is finished until you see it’. Chopping and changing this stylistically shouldn’t necessarily work, but it’s Maja’s seamless abilities and fluidity of concept that keeps this album alive and kicking from start to finish.
‘Let them Grow’ is one of those albums that could be so easily dismissed or ignored if not listened to; and to do so would be nothing short of criminal. Maja Osojnik epitomises the image of a Jazz/lounge singer sultrily sliding off her piano in a silken dress, only to mow down her audience with a Kalashnikov.