Disco to Die To


Weaving sophisticated orchestral scores with spacious electronic production, OOFJ's baroque modern pop perches on the edge of contemporary music, overlooking both the familiar past and the anything-goes future. After bonding over their mutual love for French synthesizer music, all things Russian, and Serge Gainsbourg, Jenno Bjørnkjær and Katherine Mills Rymer formed OOFJ, whose distinctive chilled-out sounds find their way deep into your ear like an electronic wind gyrating with eerie symphonies plus the delicate sound of expensive-lingerie vocals. Recorded with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, OOFJ's ambitious debut Disco to Die To is 10 darkly-tinted, downtempo movements of pop noir that simultaneously manage to reference disparate touchstones and inspirations; Nico's hypnotic gloomy '60s folk, techno's minimalism and subtleties, Twin Peaks, the majestic symphonies of 20th century composers, and rhythms and structures equally indebted to jazz and trip-hop. Often all in the same song. Bjørnkjær and Rymer met in New York, while Jenno was playing in the band Hessismore and working on film music for Lars Von Trier's Melancholia. However, OOFJ and Disco to Die To came about by accident, at first. Originally OOFJ (Orchestra Of Jenno) began as an instrumental solo project but everything fell into place with the addition of Katherine, transforming it into something larger in scope. After the passing of Katherine's father, they were in South Africa for the wake and upstairs in her brother's room they recorded the very first track. Two months later, while on a winter road trip through Europe, they recorded in the Swiss Alps, Germany and Copenhagen. Katherine went back to South Africa and recorded the vocals in her bed while her mother's parrot made loud noises. Meanwhile, Jenno recorded the scores with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and made the underwater sounds of the beat landscape while touring with The Danish Royal Theatre. They finished the album in Los Angeles while drinking lots of diet soda and breaking for walks in the Canyons. They kept some of the sounds of the parrot.