Oh Land

Oh Land

The artful dance pop of Oh Land (full name Nanna Oland Fabricius) got its first blast of international exposure via “Sun of a Gun,” a throbbing techno kiss-off with a sweet aftertaste. The Danish singer’s self-titled album takes her music several steps further, shifting between erotic rapture and sober self-observation. Waking and dreaming is a recurring theme, reflected in the gauzy swoops and swirls of “Perfection” and the slow-jam rumination of “Wolf and I.” Oh Land and her studio collaborators (including notables Dave McCracken and Dan Carey) keep the production engagingly eclectic, veering from the La Roux–esque electropop of “Voodoo” to the finger-snapping simmer of “Rainbow” and the Chic-like marching rhythms of “We Turn It Up.” The darkly brooding rumble of “Lean” takes her into near-gothic realms. What unites these tracks is Oh Land’s intriguing persona: teasing one moment, disarmingly vulnerable the next. This is dance music for the mind as well as the body, smart and seductive with a touch of the mystical.

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