DOTW: Oni Ayhun, Under Western Eyes + Nablus


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Despite the limited nature of its release, Oni Ayhun’s blissful “OAR-3B” garnered a sizable audience for the somewhat mysterious producer. Since then, the man widely believed to be Olof Dreijer of The Knife has set about finding ways to shave off some of those who cottoned on to his most pop moment. 2010’s OAR004, rife with the sounds of grinding machinery and sputtering pneumatics, was a good start. Yet his latest “tracks,” released for free on his website, probably do the most to throw casual punters off his scent and instead attract the fringes of various noise scenes. “Under Western Eyes” sounds like someone playing jet engine noises through a distortion pedal and Marshall full stack, growing softer but no less intense over its 16-minute run-time. “Nablus” is more dissonant still, a study in shredding sheet metal or how to really fuck up someone’s car to the sounds of free jazz. So why are we featuring these as this week’s downloads? Because they put Oni Ayhun, a project seemingly created to defray some of the hype surrounding The Knife, back in context: Dreijer is more interested in trying out new sounds than courting solo fame and these two pieces are the proof.

Oni Ayhun, “Under Western Eyes”

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Oni Ayhun, “Nablus”

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