Omnimotion

Playfulness and curiosity distinguish the magnificent Dream Wide Awake (2002), the second of only two albums released to date by the Swedish artist Stefan Lundaahl aka Omnimotion. It sounds like the ambient pop equivalent of a very gifted child playing with old toys in new ways.

artist:
Omnimotion

country of origin:
Sweden

style(s):
Ambient pop, environmental, experimental pop, psychedelic

decades active:
90's - 00's

essential releases:

  • Dream Wide Awake (2006, Aleph Zero Records)

Reviewed by Mike G

Playfulness and curiosity distinguish the magnificent Dream Wide Awake (2002), the second of only two albums released by Omnimotion (Swedish artist Stefan Lundaahl). It sounds like the ambient pop equivalent of a very gifted child playing with old toys in new ways, and it's also unlike anything else released on Israeli psyambient label Aleph Zero Records.

Over a variety of gentle beat patterns and synthesised tones, the classically-trained Lundaahl picks up a guitar, a flute, a violin or cheap-sounding keyboard and plays them with new eyes and hands. He's also joined by several female friends, who all sing like nightingales. What comes out is beautiful and always a bit unexpected. Like the Incredible String Band's sweetest songs, the atmosphere of openness transforms even hippie-dippie lyrics like "green mountains/birds in the sky/sweet morning/that's how I saw you" into something deeply affecting.

Warmer and more diverse then the darker, geekier electronica of his eponymous 2002 debut album, Dream Wide Awake remains his masterpiece - a unique and striking slice of ambient pop for the new century.

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