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ooi (pron.: [owiː] ) is a trio whose intriguing avant-pop stands out despite — or perhaps even because of — their never having met in person.
After a chance online encounter in 2016, Tokyo-based US expat Nicolai Zettl (vocals) teamed up with German drummer Flo König and Dodo Dal Bosco (keys) from Luca, Italy; soon exchanging recordings and skyping on a daily basis. Devoid of shared “real life” experiences, the trio relied on their imagination as a primary source of inspiration, thereby creating an entire cosmos complete with its own surreal characters and psychedelic narratives embedded within a mature and flamboyant sound.
A prime example of this cosmos is the debut single Sharks, a radically unconventional summer pop hit that brings to mind a coked-up cabriolet cruise down a Thomas Pynchonesque boulevard lined with offbeat characters and hallucinatory palm trees. Its sonic journey leads you through an array of catchy pop hooks straight into a kind of macho-fairytale-rap. The equally bizarre lyrics recount the story of a narrator who, after a long winter’s wait, has finally come back to Rita, his beloved pet albino alligator who has a weakness for sweets, coke, as well as anything snakeskin.


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